UEFA Champions League

February 15, 2011


AC Milan

0 - 1

Tottenham Hotspur

UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, February 15, 2011

Giuseppe Meazza

Referee: St├ęphane Lannoy


    FT Spurs have that crucial away goal as well as a clean sheet and they have one foot in the quarter-finals.


    FT Gattuso will probably get some sort of punishment for that but it can't hide the fact the Spurs have bagged a famous win tonight.


    FT Players and staff have pulled the two of them apart and you have to say that Gattuso is a very poor loser.


    FT But there is more action as Gattuso continues his spat with Joe Jordan at the final whistle... it looked like he headbutted the Spurs man.


    FT That's the last action of the game as the ref blows the final. Great win for Spurs.

  • 94'

    The ball is crossed into the Spurs box. Ibrahimovic swivels and hooks the ball into the net. But as Milan run off to celebrate the ref spotted a push in the back of Dawson and the goal won't stand.

  • 93'

    Abate crosses, Ibrahimovic head the ball down and indecision nearly costs Spurs a last minute goal.

  • 92'

    Ekotto is too strong for Pato and shoves the Brazilian off the ball as he threatens the Spurs penalty area.

  • 91'

    Modric takes a short corner and Spurs run down the clock some more.

  • 90'

    Gattuso plays a poor pass to Yepes, who is tackled by Kranjcar. Spurs have a corner.

  • 89'

    Modric is pinging passes all over the place as Spurs keep possession.

  • 88'

    Nesta bamboozles two Spurs midfielders but when it comes to the final telling pass it's just a lump into the box.

  • 87'

    Milan just can't break down the Spurs defence and so Ibrahimovic tries a long-range shot that goes well over the bar.

  • 86'

    Robinho hits a speculative effort from about 30-yards that shows Milan's mounting frustration.

  • 85'

    Milan are leaving just Nesta and Yepes at the back as they try to force an equaliser.

  • 84'

    The Spurs fans chant 'ole' after after completed pass.

  • 83'

    Palacios thinks about launching a quick break but thinks better of it and plays a square pass as time ticks away.

  • 82'

    Robinho plays in Ibrahimovic, whose shot from a tight ankle is blocked by Sandro.

  • 81'

    Milan are back in possession, but Spurs need to do nothing but defend now.

  • 80'

    The goal came against the run of play an Milan look shellshocked.

  • 79'

    A brilliant break-away goal. As Milan's attack broke down, Lennon raced almost the length of the pitch and then set up Crouch for a simple tap in.

  • 78'

    GOAL Lennon breaks from the back. He has space to run into and draws Yepes away from the goal. He squares to Crouch, who slots it home.

  • 77'

    Pato knocks the ball down for Ibrahimovic, who shoots from 25-yards. Gomes easily scoops the ball into his grasp.

  • 76'

    Robinho does an entire array of tricks but doesn't get anywhere.

  • 75'

    Spurs make another change. Pienaar goes off and on comes Kranjcar.

  • 74'

    Gattuso gets booked for a tackle on Pienaar. That will rule the little terrier out of the return leg and he has a little tantrum.

  • 73'

    Robinho and Ibrahimovic are pulling the Spurs defence all over the place. Palacios looks knackered in midfield.

  • 72'

    It's backs against the walls stuff from Spurs. The slick passing has gone now.

  • 71'

    Ekotto makes a good tackle on Robinho and launches a counter-attack the eventually peters out... but at least Spurs have some breathing space.

  • 70'

    Crouch out leaps Yepes to get a header at goal but it is straight at Amelia who catches the ball.

  • 69'

    Flamini tackles Palacios from behind and should get booked, but doesn't. Milan are walking a fine line at the moment.

  • 68'

    Gattuso is having a tussle with Crouch now and then shoves him in the chest. Once play moves on he then goes looking for Crouch.

  • 67'

    Gattuso chips a pass for Abate, who drives into the box and forces Ekotto to make a great tackle. The game has definately swung in Milan's favour now.

  • 66'

    Robinho flicks the ball through to Pato but Dawson sees the danger at the last minute and makes a tackle.

  • 65'

    Pienaar chases down Gattuso and then Abate as Milan pour forward and win a corner. Gomes comes out to clear the danger.

  • 64'

    It's all happening now as Palacios goes in high on Gattuso, who comes back on the pitch with his thigh strapped.

  • 63'

    Redknapp makes another change as Van der Vaart, who has been injured, is replaced by Modric.

  • 62'

    Meanwhile Corluka has had to go off with a strapped-up ankle and Woodgate has taken his place.

  • 61'

    Yepes blocks Gomes taking a quick kick and gets booked.

  • 60'

    Thiago whips in a great cross, Yepes heads at goal and Gomes saves once again - this time from point-blank range.

  • 59'

    Milan are throwing themselves to floor now. Tempers are high and Spurs need to concentrate.

  • 58'

    Pienaar tackles Pato and the crowd are up in arms. Gattuso has just pushed Joe Jordan, the Spurs assistant, amid all the fuss.

  • 57'

    Spurs will play on with ten men for now.

  • 56'

    The Milan players just want Corluka off the pitch. They might feel a bit differently if they had seen the replay of Flamini's tackle.

  • 55'

    Van der Vaart lets Flamini know what he thinks as Corluka writhes around on the floor in pain.

  • 54'

    Flamini flies into a tackle with Corluka, two-footed and off the ground. It should be a straight red. He is very lucky.

  • 53'

    ...Van der Vaart (who esle) takes on the shot but drives his effort straight at Amelia.

  • 52'

    Nesta nudges Crouch in the back and Spurs have a freekick within shooting distance...

  • 51'

    Ibrahimovic controls the ball with great skill and then scoops a pass over the defence for Robinho, who is eventually crowded out.

  • 50'

    Corluka, who seems to have spent more time in the Milan half than his own, tees up Van Der Vaart who shoots high and wide from 30-yards out.

  • 49'

    Gattuso has space on the edge of the box for a cross. Yepes heads at goal and Gomes claws the ball out from the top corner. The Milan defender thought he had scored. Great save.

  • 48'

    Lennon beats Antonini again and then passes to Van der Vaart on the edge of the box. The Dutchman chips a shot on the turn that beats Amelia and just goes wide. Great skill.

  • 47'

    Robinho hits his pass against Palacios, who then wins possession ahead of two Milan players. Great desire from the Spurs man.

  • 46'

    AC Milan get the second-half underway and have made a change. Brazilian starlet Pato has come on for the veteran Seedorf.


    HT stat: 61.2% of Spurs' attacks in the first half came down the left side of the pitch.


    HT: So Spurs have managed to stop leaking goals in the first-half of UCL matches but will they be happy with a clean sheet at the San Siro or will they go all out for a crucial away goal? 1-1 is better than 0-0.


    HT stat: AC Milan had to wait until the 31st minute to register their first shot against Tottenham Hotspur.


    Milan's Abate and Spurs' Assou-Ekotto battle for the ball.


    HT Well Spurs will be the much happier side going in at the break, but Milan have gradually got themselves into this match and sub keeper Amelia has been tested far less than Abbiati.

  • 45'

    The ref blows his whistle to bring the first-half to a close.

  • 45'

    Robinho flashes a shot across the face of goal but his effort is so off target it hits the corner flag.

  • 44'

    Nesta kicks Crouch in the back as he attempts to clear the ball. The ref waves play on.

  • 43'

    The news on Abbiati is that he's concused.

  • 42'

    Abate races into space on the right flank. The full-back whips in a great cross but Gomes races off his line to snuff out the danger.

  • 41'

    Crouch sets up Van der Vaart on the edge of the box and the Dutchman shoots to force a good save from Amelia.

  • 40'

    Lennon leaves Antonini mesmorized but can't deliver a decent cross.

  • 39'

    Gattuso falls over at the feet of Crouch who is so surprised he misses his header.

  • 37'

    Seedorf and then Flamini are quickly tackled as they look to probe the Tottenham defence.

  • 36'

    Palacio tackles Flamini and then holds of Ibra to win a freekick. Good defending.

  • 35'

    Flamini and Antonini combine on the right to break out of defence but then the latter over-runs the ball. There are positive signs for Milan though.

  • 34'

    Abate runs forward from deep. He has raced forward from defence, but Pineaar makes sure the full-back races right off the end of the pitch.

  • 33'

    Van der Vaart leaves Tiago on his rump but then gets cocky and runs into a swarm of red and black shirts.

  • 32'

    The big man is back up and has rejoined the action. Milan have the ball in their own half.

  • 31'

    Crouch is down holding his head after Tiago stumbled into him.

  • 30'

    Milan have a freekick within shooting distance. Ibra takes it but fires wide.

  • 29'

    Ibrahimovic uses his strength to fend off to tough challenges and drives forward. Robinho joins the counter-attck but does too many step-overs and runs into Sandro.

  • 28'

    Goalkeeper Amelia hoofs the ball straight out of play from a pass back. It's all going wrong for Milan so far.

  • 27'

    Antonini has got forward down the left flank but Milan can't figure out the final pass. Seedorf lofts a cross into the box and Dawson heads clear.

  • 26'

    Milan just aren't using the ball quick enough to get through the Spurs defence. It is all far too slow.

  • 25'

    Sandro breaks down the left and plays it back to Pienaar. But Spurs have overplayed it in the box and the chance to get in a shot has gone.

  • 24'

    Stat: Tottenham have scored with 28% of their goal attempts in the Champions League this term, the best ratio in the competition.

  • 23'

    It was Sandro who hacked down Ibra, it should have been a foul but is was outside the box.

  • 22'

    Ibrahimovic goes down in the box and the fans scream for a penalty. The refs says no.

  • 21'

    Ekotto pumps the ball into the box and after a quick game of pinball the Milan defence hack it clear.

  • 20'

    Corluka dwells on the ball and loses possession. Ibrahimovic puts in a cross but Gomes punches the ball away.

  • 19'

    Right, the game is back on and Milan are slowly building up an attack.... or at least they were until Robinho puts the ball out.

  • 18'

    Off goes Abbiati and on comes replacement goalkeeper Amelia.

  • 17'

    He looks like he may have crashed into Crouch in an earlier passage of play.

  • 16'

    The physio seems to be motioning for a substitute as Abbiati goes off the pitch.

  • 15'

    Abbiati is down holding his head and the game has stopped will he gest some treatment.

  • 14'

    Abate just gives the ball away with a poor pass. Milan need to do much better than that, they really need to keep the ball.

  • 13'

    Milan goalkeeper Abbiati has featured heavily in this match so far.

  • 12'

    Ekotto looks for Crouch, Antonini flicks it out for a corner, which Milan clear.

  • 11'

    Spurs come forward again...

  • 10'

    Lennon twists and turns to get past Antonini but the defender does well. Van der Vaart shoots from the edged of the box but it is easy for Abbiati to save.

  • 9'

    Robinho feeds Ibrahimovic, who beats his man and is about to shoot when the flag goes up for offside.

  • 8'

    Abbiati flies out of his goal to punch away a cross with Crouch lurking at the back post. That seems to be a key ploy for Spurs.

  • 7'

    Milan have got squad numbers 70 (Robinho) 76 (Yepes) and 77 (Antonini). What on earth is going on?

  • 6'

    A missed placed pass for Ekotto gives the ball to Milan and Van Der Vaart gives away a foul trying to win it back.

  • 5'

    Spurs are happy to keep possession. Milan can't get a touch.

  • 4'

    Corluka with some silky skills down the right. He looks up and crosses for Crouch at the back post. The big striker chests down the ball and pokes a weak shot at goal.

  • 3'

    Crouch leaps over Yepes and the ref gives a freekick. It wasn't. It is going to be tough night full of fouls for the 6'7" striker.

  • 2'

    Good start for Tottenham, who are used to conceding early goals in the Champions League, not scoring them.

  • 1'

    Early chance for Spurs. Nesta handles Pienaar's cross in the box but the ref waves away the appeals. It was a stick on penalty!

  • 1'

    Spurs finally get the game underway, kicking from left to right, wearing blue and white. Milan wear their usual rossoneri.


    Gattuso leads out AC Milan and Dawson leads out Spurs. We are only minutes away from kick-off.


    The Tottenham players are in the tunnel waiting for Milan and all they can hear are the chants of the Milanista's.


    The atmosphere is really building at the San Siro as the new kids on the block prepare to face the old hands of European football.


    Harry Redknapp: "Kranjcar wil be on at some point tonight. But Pienaar has better defensive qualities."


    Peter Crouch has scored six Champions League goals this season.


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only scored three goals in 21 knockout matches in the Champions League.


    If you are into omens then here is a good one: In the last two seasons AC Milan have exited the Champions League at this stage to English teams.


    Milan's centre-back pairing of Nesta and Yepes have a combined age of 69. Plenty of experience but not much speed.


    AC Milan will start with former Arsenal midfielder Flamini alongside Gattuso, with Seedorf floating behind Ibrahimovic and Robinho - who starts ahead of Pato.


    Big news for Spurs fans: Luka Modric is only fit enough to make the bench. Van Der Vaart has recovered in time though, and will play just behind lone striker Peter Crouch.


    AC Milan's coach thinks it's not all about Bale anyway.


    Gareth Bale won't be repeating his heroics as he is injured.


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