Full-time - 90'
0 - 0
UEFA Champions League
19:45 +00:00, March 9, 2011
White Hart Lane, England
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere
2nd Leg: 1 - 0 (Agg)
Spurs join Barcelona, Schalke and Shakhtar Donetsk in the last eight of this season's Champions League. While the absence of goals at White Hart Lane was disappointing, the game was on a knife-edge throughout. Keep an eye on Soccernet for all the post-match fallout. Thanks for tuning in folks.
FULL-TIME. Spurs 0-0 Milan. Well it certainly wasn't pretty - but Tottenham are into the Champions League quarter finals. Dawson looked to be close to tears at the final whistle. An incredible result for the club, but Milan must be disappointed. They bossed possession for long periods of the game but just didn't create enough clear-cut chaces and the Serie A leaders are out.
It's all over...
The Spurs fans are going wild and the Serie A leaders are heading out.
Nesta penalised now, just inside his own half. Spurs are exactly where they want to be, in Milan territory.
And a free-kick goes against Milan for pushing in the box.
Corner given though.
Great effort from Robinho, excellent one-two with Ibrahimovic and the Brazilian fired just over.
Antonini does well to win the ball back and Seedorf brings Milan forward.
Three minutes of added time to play.
Pavlyuchenko releases Lennon and he comes up against Antonini in the corner.
But they choose to play it along the ground instead.
Pavlyuchenko offside and Milan have a chance to pump it forward.
Dawson with a rugby-style kick forward - looking for the corner.
Pato shoots from 25 yards but it's only testing the handling of the family of Spurs fans in Row Z.
Merkel and Robinho combine as the red and black wave comes forward again.
Flamini with a bouquet of flowers of course waiting for him as he trudges off the pitch. Those Spurs fans love him.
Strasser on for Flamini
Antonini gets to the byline but his cross is headed to safety by Dawson.
Sandro looking to hold the ball in the corner, but Milan win it back.
Modric looks for Bale at the front post but Nesta gets in ahead of him to poke it out for a throw in.
Spurs corner now.
Nesta outraged that Pavlyuchenko's physicality against him wasn't punished by the referee. Not sure he had too much of a point really.
He's back up on his feet now though. They're made of strong stuff those Croatians.
Corluka's down and he looks in quite a lot of discomfort after Pato ran into him off the ball.
Pavlyuchenko on for Crouch
Spurs sitting so deep now, inviting the pressure. They seem to have faith they can hold off Milan for another nine minutes.
Nesta making his presence felt in the box, and Milan piling on the pressure.
Teasing cross from Antonini and Dawson heads it out for a corner.
Corluka embarrassingly slices his cross into the grateful grasp of Abbiati.
Optimistic ball forward towards Zlatan, but Gomes is out quickly to claim.
He controlled it with one touch and struck a fierce effort with his second from the edge of the box. it was just a whisker wide of the left post and rippled the side netting.
Great effort from Pato and some Milan fans thought it was in!
Merkel will need more than the diplomacy of his namesake to help Milan make the breakthrough.
Merkel on for Boateng.
Lennon shouts for a handball against Antonini. Again a hopeful accusation.
Sandro again a man-mountain as he prevents Ibrahimovic from engineering a hand.
Bale with his first forward run but Seedorf is again in the right place to mop up the danger.
Lovely back-heel from Lennon sets up Sandro for an opportunity to break.
But the Rossoneri still looking to push. They've certainly got plenty of potential match-winners.
Milan starting to look a little tired now and Spurs starting to see a bit more of the ball.
Spurs free-kick now down the right wing. But Seedorf does well to close off the threat of Lennon.
Jenas on for Pienaar
Antonini on for Jankulovski.
Milan about to ring the changes.
Before the start of the season, Soccernet's Tom Adams openly mocked Jermain Defoe's assertion that Spurs could go further than Arsenal in the competition. They're 22 minutes away from making it a reality though!
Where are the goals?!
Flamini just brought down Bale, though he couldn't really get out of the way. That came just after Ibrahimovic flashed in a shot.
Bale takes to the left wing and Pienaar pushes up to play the support role behind Crouch,
Bale on for Van der Vaart
The ball comes back in and Gomes does well to deny Robinho. He stops the first shot and then desperately palms the ball away.
Gomes collects Abate's cross but he has given it away very cheaply.
Crouch with another 'what me?' look on his face after conceding a foul. Number eight and counting.
Van der Vaart whips it in but Seedorf clears it once more.
Free-kick on the left but Pato is booked for charging it down too quickly.
Another crunching tackle from the Frenchman, he is not too popular.
Crouch amazingly wins a free-kick this time, Thiago Silva a bit too physical.
Robinho took advantage but as the ball broke to Ibrahimovic, the Swede was offside.
Sandro has just given the ball away cheaply, I gave him the commentator's kiss of death!
Crouch again protests his innocence after falling all over Nesta. That's seven fouls committed by the Spurs frontman tonight.
I must say that Sandro has looked particularly accomplished today, hadn't seen too much of him prior to this game but he has been strong in the challenge and confident with the ball at his feet.
Spurs claim for a handball as Seedorf appears to touch the ball with his hand attempting to deal with another Lennon cross. it was inadvertant and the referee waves away the protests.
He releases Lennon who looks again for Crouch. The big man's downward header is cleared by Seedorf, with Modric closing in.
Mix up between Robinho and Flamini gives Modric the chance to stride forward.
Spurs looking a little one-dimensional coming forward at times, understandably they appear to be pressured by the enormity of the occasion.
Schalke have just taken the lead against Valencia, Gavranovic has put the Royal Blues 2-1 up on the night and 3-2 up on aggregate.
Lennon releases Sandro with an excellent through ball and he lays it off to Van der Vaart who crosses towards Crouch. But the England striker is climbing all over Seedorf.
Flamini finds himself in some space just inside the right-side of the box and he flashes a shot across goal, but it's wide.
Christian Abbiati makes a save to block Rafael van der Vaart
It would have been pretty unlucky had that decision gone against Thiago Silva.
Lennon runs at Thiago Silva and cries of 'handball' echo around the Lane as the Brazilian goes to ground to prevent the winger getting past him.
Poor pass from Nesta as he gives it straight to Pienaar and Spurs come at Milan.
Bale warming up at the moment, much to the delight of the Tottenham faithful.
Jankulovski cynically brings down Lennon who was accelerating away from him.
Lovely ball from Robinho to play through Abate but his cross on the overlap is knocked clear.
Dawson fouls Zlatan and he's probably a touch lucky to avoid a yellow.
He peeled off at the back post and Lennon found him with a great cross but his header was accidentally straight back across goal. He should have done better.
We're back for the second half and it's a terrible header from Crouch early on!
Right we're off for the second half...
In the other game tonight it's 1-1 between Valencia and Schalke and 2-2 on aggregate. All still to play for!
William Gallas clears the ball from the goal-line after Robinho's deflected effort
You can check out all the fallout from this game - whatever the result may be - later on Soccernet. Today has seen plenty of stories coming out of Tuesday night's Barca v Arsenal match. Xavi has said he expected more of the Gunners.
HALF-TIME: Spurs 0-0 Milan. It's been all Milan really so far, barring a couple of optimistic efforts from Van der Vaart. There has been little of the attacking verve that has characterised Tottenham's UCL performances this season and it has been a case of them hanging on for the first 45 minutes. Can they do it for another 45 though?
The whistle goes and Tottenham are 45 minutes away from the Champions League quarter-finals. Then again, so are Milan!
Assou Ekotto tries a speculative effort from 30 yards. I will give you one guess where it went...
Lennon trying to tiptoe through Jankulovski and Boateng, but Milan doing well to double up on the Spurs speedster.
Stats: Since the inception of the Champions League, 15 of the 16 teams who have won 1-0 away from home in a knockout first-leg have gone on to progress.
Pato with an excellent touch to take him away from Gallas inside the area, but the Frenchman coolly recovers to intercept and pass the ball away.
Sandro fouls Boateng and here come Milan again.
Robinho with the chance to thread it through to Zlatan, but he picks the wrong pass. They weren't on the same wavelength at all there.
There has been some desperate defending from Spurs so far.
Abate's cross is tipped away from Gomes. Then Boateng's shot is blocked by Modric.
Pienaar with a chance to counter but he tries a 60-yard Hollywood pass towards Van der Vaart. It didn't come off.
Boateng wins it from Corluka, Jankulovski crosses towards Zlatan but Gallas gets the ball away. Milan corner now.
Abate crosses into the danger zone but Gallas heads clear. However, three white shirts climbed up for the same ball then, it could have gone horribly wrong!
Crouch again called up for a foul, again on Thiago Silva.
There are a lot of worried-looking Spurs fans around White Hart Lane. Milan have definitely looked the more likely to score.
Van der Vaart strikes one from 20 yards out but Abbiati does well to hold onto the ball.
Crouch nods it down to Pienaar on the edge of the box but the South African shows another loose touch.
Pienaar does well to win the ball back and looks to break. But gives the ball away immediately.
A chorus of boos rings out for Flamini again as Spurs hang on, with the red and black onslaught pretty incessant at the moment.
The replay shows that Pato was definitely onside, he would have been in the clear again there. Lucky break for Spurs.
Flamini and Seedorf doing a great job of holding onto the ball, but Pato is called offside as Robinho looks for the through-ball.
Stats: Milan have enjoyed 53% of possession so far.
Good save from Gomes after Pato made some space to hit a sharp left-foot effort.
Excellent effort, it was swinging towards the top corner, but didn't dip enough and Abbiati looked to have it pretty well covered.
Seedorf fouls Modric about 30 yards out, centre of goal. Van der Vaart with the free-kick.
Ibrahimovic back doing some dirty work in defence - he heads it to safety.
Spurs corner now after Modric is blocked by Abate.
Alessandro Nesta battles with Peter Crouch for possession
Blazed over from Ibrahimovic, significantly less impressive than his last effort.
Free-kick for Milan about 35 yards out.
I really don't know what Gomes was thinking, Pato was on the left of the area, not really in a dangerous position.
Robinho's shot deflected off Sandro and Gallas cleared it off the line, with Milan players claiming a goal.
He came out of goal and Pato took it around him before pulling it back to Robinho.
Gomes has a nightmare....
But the move breaks down, much to Allegri's annoyance. The Milan coach does not look a happy bunny in the dugout.
Lovely interchange between Abate and Pato down the right flank gives the former the chance to advance down the wing at pace.
Robinho turns and shoots from 20 yards. But it's very high and very wide from the Brazilian.
Robinho in towards Pato, whose shot from just inside the area if blocked by Dawson.
Crouch heads it clear from underneath a surprised-looking Gomes, but Spurs survive.
Boateng brought down by Lennon and Milan can get the ball into the danger zone.
But Milan have it clear.
Dawson gesticulating, asking for the ball.
Both teams being given plenty of space in midfield. Van der Vaart strikes one from the edge of the box and Nesta does well to deflect it out for a corner.
Van der Vaart brought down by Robinho in midfield.
Pienaar crosses it towards Crouch and the towering striker wins the header, but can't direct it goalwards.
Now Lennon can take on Jankulovski. Corluka looks for a one-two with Modric but the Croatian puts too much on it.
Milan have certainly had the upper hand for the last ten minutes after a fast-paced start from Spurs.
Robinho floats it in towards Boateng, who is penalised for climbing.
About 35 yards out, Ibrahimovic strikes it ferociously but Gomes gets a solid pair of hands on it. Corner.
Sandro fould Boateng after a terrible kick from Gomes, caused by a terrible back pass from Dawson.
Milan of course having to do without Ambrosini, Gattuso and Pirlo - Flamini has unsurprisingly not enjoyed a welcome reception thus far.
It's a dangerous position and Pato looks to whip the ball into the near post, but it's hoofed clear.
Jankulovski and Boateng exchange passes deep in the Spurs half and Robinho wins a free-kick on the right-edge of the Spurs box, under a challenge from Assou Ekotto.
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A Spurs free-kick in midfield is wasted, straight out of play without getting anywhere near a player in white.
Robinho with some trickery on the edge of the box and he passes it to Seedorf, who plays in Jankulovski. A poor first touch though sees the ball fly harmlessly out for a goal-kick.
Stats: Steve Perryman scored twice for Spurs in a 2-1 victory over Milan in the 1972 UEFA Cup semi-final, the only previous meeting between the sides at White Hart Lane.
Crouch penalised for a foul on Thiago Silva, moments earlier he won a knockdown to Van der Vaart but Jankulovski cleared his lines.
Milan now attemtping to retain some possession, but Ibrahimovic is once again offside.
Milan playing it around riskily on the edge of their own box, Spurs playing a high pressing game and putting the Rossoneri under pressure at every opportunity.
Pato in space down the left and he whips a cross in but no-one is there.
Great opening at White Hart Lane, no more than we expected though - end-to-end stuff.
He crosses towards Crouch who climbs above Abate to head it down towards Van der Vaart, but Abbiati is bravely out to block his attempts to turn the ball goalwards.
Modric opens up some space and switches it to Lennon.
The ball comes out to Seedorf but his dinked ball into the box is dinked straight out for a goal-kick.
Ibrahimovic with an excellent run in round the back to pick up Seedorf's pass, but Dawson does well to divert it out for a corner.
Decent effort from Van der Vaart, good positive run from Pienaar through midfielder and he knocked it to VDV on the edge of the box, who poked a left-foot shot wide.
The ball floated in towards Zlatan early on, but he's offside.
Milan get us under way...
The players walking out onto the pitch now, and just spotted a smirking Spurs fan with a banner saying: "Are you watching Arsene Wenger". I'm guessing probably not. Arsenal fans the world over praying for a Milan win tonight for sure.
Gareth Bale, the scourge of Milan's city rivals Inter earlier this season, is on the bench and will be a pretty useful weapon for Redknapp to introduce. England boss Fabio Capello even went as far as calling Bale the world's best player today. Think that might be a bit over the top though.
The first-leg result means we are likely to be in for a better game than if Milan had won and were just aiming to close out the tie. Allegri's side must chase the game, but can they deal with Spurs' devastating counter-attack football?
AC Milan have plenty in attack to caus Spurs problems though. The Rossoneri's front line of Pato, Robinho and Ibrahimovic is a rather fearsome one and you fancy that Dawson and Gallas may be troubled.
Spurs fans have witnessed their side score 13 goals in four home games in the Champions League this season and they welcome back talismanic playmaker Rafael van der Vaart - a massive boost for Harry Redknapp.
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