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Friday 15 December 2017

Pochettino angry over late penalty

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino will not dwell on Besiktas' last-gasp leveller last night, despite the farcical nature in which it came about.

Until the dying embers of the game, it had looked like Spurs would win the Group C encounter thanks to Harry Kane's fine 20-yard strike in the first half.

Hugo Lloris would have taken the majority of praise for the victory after a wonderful display, although the goalkeeper was eventually beaten by a nonchalant, late Demba Ba penalty.

Vlad Chiriches capped a poor performance by giving away the 89th minute spot-kick with a foolish handball when trying to make amends for an initial air kick, although Pochettino defended the Romania international after the 1-1 draw.

"In football you always can make a mistake," the former Argentina defender said. "It was an unlucky action, a difficult action.

"He made one mistake after another mistake, but we need to accept it because this is football.

"I am very disappointed, I am angry, I am frustrated and all that you want to say, but it is 1-1 in the end.

"We conceded in the last minute, which is very disappointing, and maybe frustrating. It is hard to accept this."

The result leaves Spurs third in Group C after the first two matches, with Asteras Tripolis top of the standings after beating Partizan Belgrade 2-0 last night.

A double-header with the Greek outfit awaits Spurs when the Europa League resumes when they come to White Hart Lane on October 23.

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