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  1. Spurs win in Milan

    Spurs win in Milan

    Peter Crouch's winner gave Tottenham a 1-0 victory over Milan at the San Siro in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League encounter. More

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    Time:90'
    • AC Milan
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • - Spurs won't be too concerned about Gattuso's madness though - they have a potentially crucual one-goal lead to take with them to White Hart Lane in three weeks time thanks to Peter Crouch's late winner!
    • 90'+6 And there goes the final whistle! It all goes off though as Gattuso seeks out Joe Jordan and heabutts him! Chaos ensues! What is Gattuso thinking? That was madness!
    • 90'+5 GOAL! IBRA! NO! It's disallowed for a push on Dawson! That could have ruined Spurs' night, but it's a good spot by the ref! What a relief for Spurs!
    • 90'+4 Ooh! What a chance! Dawson and Gomes get in a muddle, allowing Robinho to fire at goal! Gomes makes amends with a point blank save!
    • 90'+1 Milan launch a late big to grab a late equaliser... Gattuso is at the heart of things...
    • 89' Four minutes of added time to be played....
    • 88' Ibrahimovic has another shot on goal, but it's high and wide from the Milan ace!
    • 86' Up goe the 'oles' from the Spurs section of the crowd as they play the ball around the back, swiftly followed by whistles from the home fans!
    • 85' Spurs just need to keep possession now and they will hold a potentially crucil one goal lead heading back to White Hart Lane for the second leg.
    • 83' Robinho and Ibrahimovic link up to win a corner off Sandro... still time for Milan to grab a late leveller.
    • 81' What a superb break from Spurs! That is nothing more than they deserve, having soaked up Milan's pressure this half.
    • 80' GOAL! SPURS TAKE THE LEAD THROUGH CROUCH! What a counter attack! Lennon breaks quickly, he beats Yepes before centring to the unmarked Crouch who sidefoots home! And Spurs hold a 1-0 advantage!
    • 79' Ibrahimovic strikes on target! But it's straight at Gomes, who gratefully claims!
    • 78' Corluka is back in the stadium - on crutches! Quite how Flamini stayed on after that challenge is a miracle.
    • 77' Spurs make another change - Pienaar off, Kranjcar on.
    • 76' Gattuso finally goes into the book for a wild challenge on Lennon. Deserved. And he'll miss the second leg in London.
    • 75' A quarter of an hour left and Spurs will have to be resolute in defence if they are to protect their clean sheet.
    • 73' Here come Milan again, but Ibrahimovic is flagged offside as Robinho tries to find him.
    • 72' Flamini! Deflected behind for a corner! Milan are really threatening at the moment.
    • 71' Crouch! Ooh! In a rare sortie forward, Crouch gets his head to a Spurs free-kick, but it's straight at Amelia.
    • 70' Flamini concedes another free-kick as Milan get down and dirty...
    • 69' Gattuso is an angry man at the moment... he chases after Crouch to remonstrate with him twice in a minute. He really needs to watch himself.
    • 68' Milan have the worst disciplinary record in the Champions League picking up 17 yellow cards prior to tonight's encounter.
    • 67' Again the corner comes to nothing though...
    • 66' Ibrahimovic does well to find Flamini as Milan come forward again... Pienaar ends up conceding a corner as Abate threatens to break through.
    • 65' Nothing comes of the corner and Spurs can breathe easy for the time being. But the visitors aren't enjoying half as much possession as they did in the first half.
    • 64' Robinho wins a corner for Milan as the hosts enjoy somewhat of a resurgence in the game.
    • 63' This game has really caught fire this half - since Milan started to give Spurs a few problems and the crowd got into it.
    • 62' Spurs make a change - Modric on for Van der Vaart, who has been excellent for Spurs.
    • 61' Yepes is cautioned for trying to block Gomes as the keeper tries to launch another Spurs attack quickly.
    • 60' Another brilliant save by Gomes to deny Yepes once again! It's a bullet header from close range but the Brazilian keeper is equal to it!
    • 59' Amid all that chaos, Woodgate has come on for the injured Corluka.
    • 58' Pienaar makes a foul now and the Milan crowd are incensed! It's nowhere near as bad as Flamini's yet the Milan players remonstrate with the ref like the South African had just broken a leg! Gattuso is enraged and he shoves Joe Jordan in the face on the sidelines! He has to be careful...
    • 57' Corluka has stayed down and looks to be in some pain. The Milan players want him off the pitch, but he can't move for the time being.... it's all going off...
    • 56' Yellow for Flamini for a crude tackle on Corluka. Actually, scrap that, it's an awful challenge, two footed, studs up and the former Arsenal man is very, very lucky still to be on the pitch.
    • 55' Van der Vaart tries his luck from the free-kick, but it's too easy for Amelia. Straight at him.
    • 54' Nesta shoves Crouch in the back and Spurs have a free-kick, 35 yards from goal, dead centre.
    • 53' Pato appeals for a hand ball - not given - before Ibrahimovic gets in front of Assou-Ekotto to head on goal! Wide of the target but Milan are invigorated!
    • 52' Van der Vaart again goes for goal now... but this time it's high and wide.
    • 51' Chances at both ends already this half...
    • 50' Oooh! What a save by Gomes to deny Yepes the opener! His header seems destined for the top corner until Gomes somehow claws it away!
    • 49' Straight down to the other end and Milan win a corner... which is swiftly followed by another.
    • 48' Ooh! What an effort by Van der Vaart! So close to the opener as the Dutchman attempts a chip from the edge of the box! It flies just wide of its intended target though and Milan survive a real scare!
    • 47' Robinho has dropped back to take the position of Seedorf, with Pato up front alongside Ibrahimovic.
    • 46' One change to tell you about at the break - livewire Alexandre Pato has come on for Milan in place of Seedorf.
    • 46' Back under way in Milan! Should be a good second half...
    • 45'+2 There goes the half-time whistle and it's been a great opening period for Spurs. Just one thing missing - a goal.
    • 45'+1 Robinho delivers a cross-shot across the face of the Spurs goal... but there's no one there to get on the end of it.
    • 45' Two minutes of added time to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 44' Seedorf looks to feed the overlapping Abate, but his pass is poor and Assou-Ekotto is able to come away with the ball.
    • 43' Abbiati update: He's concussed, but conscious and has gone to hospital as a precautionary measure.
    • 42' Here come Milan on the counter though... Abate delivers a great cross but Gomes is equal to it...
    • 41' Oooh! Van der Vaart brings a smart save out of Amelia with a well-struck effort from outside the box! Corner to Spurs!
    • 40' Lennon teases Antonini once again, getting to the by-line before centring... but his cross is overhit this time and the ball flies out on the other side for a throw.
    • 39' It's all smiles on the Spurs bench at the moment as Modric shares a joke with Kranjcar.
    • 38' Flamini flies in on Van der Vaart with a sliding challenge... it's a fair one though.
    • 37' Ibrahimovic is pulled up for a foul on Palacios, and the Milan ace doesn't like the decision one bit!
    • 36' Corluka looks to feed Lennon, but he's stopped in his tracks by Anotonini.
    • 35' Spurs have had 52 per cent of possession so far.
    • 34' Brilliant footwork from Van der Vaart, but his eventual cross does not match it...
    • 33' Thiago Silva and Crouch collide, and both go down.
    • 32' Ibrahimovic fires on goal from the resulting free-kick... but his effort is well wide of the mark.
    • 31' Dawson is pulled up for a foul on Robinho, who ridiculously brandishes an imaginary yellow card to the ref...
    • 30' Half an hour gone, and it's definitely been Spurs' 30 minutes...
    • 29' In total, 13 different Milan players have received at least one yellow card in this season's competition. However, Allegri’s side have so far not picked up a red card.
    • 28' Ibrahimovic falls under the aerial challenge of Dawson, the Swede clutching his head... looks liek an elbow to the head, but there's no whistle.
    • 27' Sandro mops up in the middle of the park and Spurs can come again...
    • 26' Spurs and Milan met in the 1971-72 UEFA Cup semi-final where Tottenham won the home leg and drew away to progress to the final.
    • 25' Replays show Ibra to be a touch unlucky there... there was definite contact. Meanwhile at the other end, Pienaar tries to dink the ball through for Crouch, but he's in an offside position and running back when the ball is played through...
    • 24' It's not really happening for Milan at the moment... and the longer Spurs can frustrate the Rossoneri, the better for the visitors.
    • 23' Ibrahimovic goes down on the edge of the Spurs box... he wants a free-kick - or maybe even a penalty - but the French ref tells him to get back on his feet!
    • 22' Ibrahimovic does now cause some problems for Spurs... his low, driven cross has to be dealt with by Gomes.
    • 21' The offside flag goes up again, much to the frustration of both Robinho and Ibrahimovic.
    • 20' Robinho tries a stepover but only succeeds in running the ball out of play...
    • 19' On comes Marco Amelia to replace the stricken keeper.
    • 18' Abbiati, who has had a good game so far, is now in a neck brace, prone on the sidelines... he won't be continuing tonight.
    • 17' Oh dear, this looks bad. It's a head injury and Abbiati can barely stand up on his own. He has to be stretchered off... the worse thing is that there did not appear to be any big collision. He just fell over with the ball at the other end... let's hope he's okay.
    • 16' Abbiati's gone down and the referee calls a halt to play while the keeper gets some treatment.
    • 15' Nothing comes of it, but Crouch - and Spurs - could reap the benefits of him being the tallest man on the pitch tonight. He's peeling off to the back stick as much as possible, where he's winning everything against the far smaller full-backs.
    • 14' Spurs win a corner as Yepes heads behind under pressure from, you've guessed it, Peter Crouch!
    • 13' Crouch wins another header and knocks it down for Van der Vaart, who fires on goal! Deflected straight into the arms of Abbiati.
    • 12' This has been a great start for Spurs - they really are going for it tonight, as expected.
    • 11' Crouch again causes problems in the Milan box... they don't really seem to know how to deal with his height...
    • 10' The home crowd get excited for a moment as Ibrahimovic looks to find a way through... but the flag is up and the striker is offside.
    • 9' Good work by Lennon on the right as he teases Antonini before crossing into the danger area where Crouch is again lurking with intent...
    • 8' Sandro now hits Seedorf from behind and the whistle goes again...
    • 7' Seedorf looks to play a ball forward, but it's poor from the Dutchman and Gomes is able to claim under no pressure.
    • 6' Again Crouch wins an aerial ball at the back stick, this time from Corluka's cross... but Gattuso does just enough to put him off as he strikes at goal and Abbiati isn't overly troubled.
    • 5' Assou-Ekotto looks for Crouch in the box again.... Milan head clear but Spurs are quick to come again...
    • 4' Crouch leaps to challenge Abiatti for a cross... but the whistle goes and the lanky striker is called for a foul.
    • 3' Well, Redknapp promised attacking football, and so far that's what we've got...
    • 2' Great start for Spurs! That was a super passing move that led to the hand ball shout... and replays show the Italian to have got away with it! What a let-off!
    • 1' Huge handball shout for Spurs as the ball is driven into the box and Nesta appears to handle! Not given!
    • 1' Here we go! Under way in a soggy Milan!
    • 19:44 Dawson, who is making his Champions League debut, tosses up with Gattuso in the pouring rain in Milan...
    • 19:43 Here come the teams into the cauldron that is the San Siro!
    • 19:42 It's not the only match tonight though - Valencia host Schalke in the night's other Champions League clash. Follow that game here
    • 19:40 We're all set for a cracking night of Champions League football tonight. Spurs should attack Milan, who will know they have to score if they are to put themselves in a good position going into the second leg at White Hart Lane.
    • 19:35 That pair might be confident, but it's not going to be easy for Spurs, who need to watch out for Ibrahimovic in particular. The Swede, a former Ajax team-mate of Van der Vaart - the pair are far from best mates now - has scored four in five Champions League starts for Milan.
    • 19:30 And Harry's counterpart from across North London Arsene Wenger is of a similar opinion and thinks that Spurs can progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Wenger: Spurs favourties
    • 19:25 Milan are flying high in Serie A this season and currently top the Italian standings but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes his side are well equipped to go the San Siro. Redknapp: Big chance
    • 19:20 For Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is partnered by Robinho up front, with a midfield quartet of Clarence Seedorf, ex-Arsenal man Mathieu Flamini, Gennaro Gattuso and Thiago Silva starting.
    • 19:15 So, Peter Crouch starts up front on his own for Spurs, with Rafael van der Vaart leading a trio of attacking support that includes Steven Pienaar and Aaron Lennon. Sandro gets the nod to partner Wilson Palacios in the middle while the back four is unchanged.
    • 19:10 And tonight's referee is Stephane Lannoy (France).
    • 19:05 Teams - MILAN: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Yepes, Antonini, Gattuso, Thiago Silva, Flamini, Seedorf, Robinho, Ibrahimovic. Subs: Amelia, Alexandre Pato, Papastathopoulos, Oddo, Jankulovski, Merkel, Legrottaglie /// TOTTENHAM: Gomes, Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Sandro, Pienaar, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Modric, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar, Woodgate
    • 19:00 Milan will be forced into making changes as both January signings Antonio Cassano and Mark van Bommel are cup-tied. The Rossoneri will also be missing midfielders Andrea Pirlo, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Massimo Ambrosini, while striker Alexandre Pato is doubtful.
    • 18:55 Gareth Bale was the hero that night, scoring a brilliant hat-trick, but the Welsh wide man won't feature tonight - he's out with a back injury. Jermaine Jenas is suspended, Ledley King injured and Luka Modric doubtful following an appendix operation. Better news for Spurs is that Rafael van der Vaart is fit again.
    • 18:50 For Spurs, it is a return to the scene of a near incredible comeback - when they trailed 4-0 to Milan's city rivals Internazionale in the group phase but managed to pull the score back to 4-3.
    • 18:45 They don't come much bigger than this for Tottenham - a trip to the San Siro to face Italian giants Milan in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.
  • Summary

    • 90'+5 GOAL! IBRA! NO! It's disallowed for a push on Dawson! That could have ruined Spurs' night, but it's a good spot by the ref! What a relief for Spurs!
    • 90'+4 Ooh! What a chance! Dawson and Gomes get in a muddle, allowing Robinho to fire at goal! Gomes makes amends with a point blank save!
    • 80' GOAL! SPURS TAKE THE LEAD THROUGH CROUCH! What a counter attack! Lennon breaks quickly, he beats Yepes before centring to the unmarked Crouch who sidefoots home! And Spurs hold a 1-0 advantage!
    • 71' Crouch! Ooh! In a rare sortie forward, Crouch gets his head to a Spurs free-kick, but it's straight at Amelia.
    • 60' Another brilliant save by Gomes to deny Yepes once again! It's a bullet header from close range but the Brazilian keeper is equal to it!
    • 58' Pienaar makes a foul now and the Milan crowd are incensed! It's nowhere near as bad as Flamini's yet the Milan players remonstrate with the ref like the South African had just broken a leg! Gattuso is enraged and he shoves Joe Jordan in the face on the sidelines! He has to be careful...
    • 53' Pato appeals for a hand ball - not given - before Ibrahimovic gets in front of Assou-Ekotto to head on goal! Wide of the target but Milan are invigorated!
    • 50' Oooh! What a save by Gomes to deny Yepes the opener! His header seems destined for the top corner until Gomes somehow claws it away!
    • 48' Ooh! What an effort by Van der Vaart! So close to the opener as the Dutchman attempts a chip from the edge of the box! It flies just wide of its intended target though and Milan survive a real scare!
    • 41' Oooh! Van der Vaart brings a smart save out of Amelia with a well-struck effort from outside the box! Corner to Spurs!
    • 1' Huge handball shout for Spurs as the ball is driven into the box and Nesta appears to handle! Not given!
    • 19:05 Teams - MILAN: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Yepes, Antonini, Gattuso, Thiago Silva, Flamini, Seedorf, Robinho, Ibrahimovic. Subs: Amelia, Alexandre Pato, Papastathopoulos, Oddo, Jankulovski, Merkel, Legrottaglie /// TOTTENHAM: Gomes, Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Sandro, Pienaar, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Modric, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar, Woodgate

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • C. Abbiati Substitution Out (19′)
      • I. Abate
      • A. Nesta
      • M. Yepes Yellow Card
      • L. Antonini
      • Thiago Silva
      • G. Gattuso Yellow Card
      • M. Flamini Yellow Card
      • C. Seedorf Substitution Out (45′)
      • Robinho
      • Z. Ibrahimovic

      Subs

      • M. Jankulovski
      • M. Amelia Substitution In19′
      • M. Oddo
      • N. Legrottaglie
      • S. Papastathopoulos
      • A. Pato Substitution In45′
      • A. Merkel
    • Starting line-up

      • Gomes
      • V. Corluka Substitution Out (59′)
      • W. Gallas
      • M. Dawson
      • B. Assou-Ekotto
      • W. Palacios
      • Sandro
      • A. Lennon
      • R. van der Vaart Substitution Out (62′)
      • S. Pienaar Substitution Out (77′)
      • P. Crouch Goal

      Subs

      • C. Cudicini
      • J. Woodgate Substitution In59′
      • J. Defoe
      • N. Kranjcar Substitution In77′
      • S. Bassong
      • L. Modric Substitution In62′
      • R. Pavlyuchenko
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