Tottenham may have taken a point before kick-off from their game with Werder Bremen on their Champions League debut, but will be disappointed to have only drawn 2-2 in Germany after racing into a two-goal lead.
Spurs got off to the perfect start inside 12 minutes when Gareth Bale’s cross was turned into his own net by Petri Pasanen, before Peter Crouch extended the advantage with a header eight minutes later.
However, Hugo Almeida gave the hosts a way back into the game two minutes before the break and soon after the restart parity was restored when Marko Marin fired home from 20 yards.
Crouch then wasted the chance to win it late on but his chip over the on-rushing Tim Wiese landed just the wrong side of the post.
Reigning champions Inter Milan are one of the other two teams in Tottenham’s group and also began their defence with a 2-2 draw away at FC Twente.
Wesley Sneijder returned to Holland to hand Inter the early initiative, but Theo Janssen turned the game on its head with two free-kicks.
He first beat Julio Cesar from 22 yards and then swung another ball into the box which was headed past his own keeper by Diego Milito.
Samuel Eto’o grabbed a point for Inter before the break with a crisp strike after playing a neat one-two with Goran Pandev.
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