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AC Milan   0 - 1   Tottenham

Tottenham striker Peter Crouch scores the winner against AC Milan at the San Siro
Crouch has a penchant for scoring in the Champions League

By Mandeep Sanghera

Tottenham earned a memorable first-leg win at AC Milan to give themselves the upper hand in their last-16 Champions League tie against the Serie A leaders.

Peter Crouch stroked in the winner after 80 minutes from a pass by Aaron Lennon, who had led a blistering Spurs counter-attack.

Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes had twice kept his side level with two superb saves from Mario Yepes headers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a late goal disallowed for Milan as Spurs held on.

The match was marred by a touchline fracas when Milan's combative midfielder Gennaro Gattuso headbutted Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan after the final whistle.

Gattuso had already been in an altercation with Jordan, seemingly shoving him in the face close to the Spurs dug-out when they clashed during the game and the Italian continued his battle after the match.

Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan (left) and Gennaro Gattuso clash during the game at the San Siro
Jordan (left) and Gattuso (right) clash during the game

The result would not have helped the combustible Italian's temper, in addition to the AC Milan captain picking up a yellow card which rules him out of the return leg, as his side were made to look second best for most of the game at a rain-soaked San Siro.

A touch of nerves from Spurs almost let Milan back into the game but, after Robinho's far-post shot had been diverted wide, Ibrahimovic was rightly punished for pushing Michael Dawson before guiding in a shot with his back to goal.

The aim of Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was to make sure his side were still in the tie going into the return leg at White Hart Lane but his players did so much more.

Crouch, who had come on as a late substitute when his former club Liverpool lost to AC Milan in the 2007 Champions League final, had led the line tirelessly before being rewarded with his late goal.

It marked a win which came from some of the attacking football Spurs are capable of but also the type of resolute display Redknapp had doubted his team could produce.

Spurs' swashbuckling style has made them one of the entertainers of this season's competition but, despite Redknapp vowing to attack, he also had one eye on tempering his side's adventure with vigilance.

The memory of Tottenham being four goals and a man down after 35 minutes when they played Inter Milan at the San Siro in the group stages might have had an influence on his thinking.

He preferred the more defensive-minded Steven Pienaar to Niko Kranjcar, who had grabbed two winners in the last two games, on the left of a midfield also including holding players Sandro and Wilson Palacios.

However, there was still plenty of threat up front and the visitors were unlucky not to have a penalty when Rafael van der Vaart's cross appeared to be blocked by the arm of Milan centre-back Alessandro Nesta in the opening minutes.

The aerial threat of 6'7'' striker Crouch made life uncomfortable for the Italian league leaders and he almost scored when Vedran Corluka's incisive pass released Lennon, whose cross was intercepted by keeper Christian Abbiati.

In diving to palm away Lennon's cross, Abbiati got a knock to the head and had to be replaced by Marco Amelia.

Peter Crouch shows his delight after his winner for Tottenham at AC Milan
Crouch shows his delight after his winner at the San Siro

Spurs had a degree of control and comfort, while Milan looked lethargic and laboured.

A long range Van der Vaart left-foot strike was tipped over by Amelia before the Dutchman produced a sublime chip which went agonisingly wide as Spurs went close.

Milan had brought on Alexandre Pato for the ineffectual Clarence Seedorf at the break and, as they began to to carry more of a threat, Spurs keeper Gomes was called into making a crucial save.

From Gattuso's dinked cross AC Milan centre-back Yepes guided a header towards the top corner and it took a dive at full stretch for Gomes to palm his effort wide.

The home side's increased appetite spilled over into overly aggressive play at times and ex-Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini should have been sent off for a two-footed lunge on Corluka but he somehow escaped with a yellow card.

Jonathan Woodgate, who had not played since November 2009, came on for Corluka as some of Milan's antics started to ruffle Spurs' feathers.

It took another crucial save from Gomes to keep his side level as he again kept out a Yepes header from close range.

But the visitors stunned the San Siro crowd when Lennon left the AC Milan side in his wake as he stormed upfield and the winger had the composure to slide the ball across to Crouch to slot in for a famous victory.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Crouch 80

    AC Milan

    • 32 Abbiati (Amelia 18)
    • 13 Nesta
    • 33 Thiago Silva
    • 76 Yepes yellow card
    • 08 Gattuso yellow card
    • 10 Seedorf (Alexandre Pato 46)
    • 16 Flamini yellow card
    • 20 Abate
    • 77 Antonini
    • 11 Ibrahimovic
    • 70 Robinho

    Substitutes

    • 01 Amelia,
    • 15 Papaststhopoulos,
    • 17 Oddo,
    • 18 Jankulovski,
    • 66 Legrottaglie,
    • 52 Merkel,
    • 07 Alexandre Pato

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: S LannoyAtt: 80,000
    AC MILAN
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • AC Milan 53%
    • Tottenham 47%

    Attempts on target

    • AC Milan 6
    • Tottenham 7

    Attempts off target

    • AC Milan 5
    • Tottenham 2

    Corners

    • AC Milan 9
    • Tottenham 5

    Fouls

    • AC Milan 10
    • Tottenham 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:39 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+4:26 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
    • 90:00+3:36 Corner taken short by Gennaro Gattuso.
    • 90:00+3:26 De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
    • 90:00+3:16 The ball is delivered by Ignazio Abate.
    • 90:00+3:06 The ball is delivered by Gennaro Gattuso, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+2:52 Centre by Ignazio Abate, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+2:18 Da Silva Alexandre Pato delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Dawson.
    • 90:00+1:22 Short corner worked by Luka Modric.
    • 90:00+1:14 Centre by Niko Kranjcar, Mario Yepes gets a block in.
    • 88:37 Effort on goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 87:35 Shot from a long way out by De Souza Robinho goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 82:28 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:36 Assist on the goal came from Aaron Lennon.
    • 79:36 GOAL - Peter CrouchAC Milan 0 - 1 Tottenham Peter Crouch gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham.
    • 78:53 Da Silva Alexandre Pato sends in a cross.
    • 77:32 Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
    • 76:00 Substitution Niko Kranjcar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Pienaar.
    • 75:07 Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:07 Booking Booking for Gennaro Gattuso for unsporting behaviour.
    • 75:06 Steven Pienaar fouled by Gennaro Gattuso, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 74:22 The referee blows for offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
    • 73:02 The ball is swung over by da Silva Alexandre Pato, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
    • 71:05 Outswinging corner taken by De Souza Robinho, Mario Yepes takes a shot. Blocked by William Gallas.
    • 70:47 Mathieu Flamini takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Woodgate.
    • 69:21 Mathieu Flamini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on William Gallas. The ball is delivered by Luka Modric, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Marco Amelia.
    • 68:13 Peter Crouch challenges Gennaro Gattuso unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ignazio Abate restarts play with the free kick.
    • 67:12 Right-footed shot by Alessandro Nesta went wide of the right-hand post.
    • 66:50 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by De Souza Robinho played to the near post.
    • 66:09 Foul by da Silva Alexandre Pato on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. William Gallas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:01 Ignazio Abate produces a cross.
    • 65:38 Corner taken right-footed by da Silva Alexandre Pato, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 64:41 Mario Yepes produces a cross, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 64:18 Outswinging corner taken by De Souza Robinho from the right by-line.
    • 63:26 Luka Modric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on da Silva Alexandre Pato. Emiliano Thiago Silva takes the free kick.
    • 60:59 Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 60:59 Substitution Luka Modric is brought on as a substitute for Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 60:59 Booking Mario Yepes booked.
    • 60:48 Heurelho Gomes fouled by Mario Yepes, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 59:52 The ball is delivered by Emiliano Thiago Silva, Mario Yepes takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 59:31 Short corner worked by da Silva Alexandre Pato.
    • 59:00 Aaron Lennon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gennaro Gattuso. Da Silva Alexandre Pato crosses the ball in from the free kick, Raniere Sandro manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:00 Free kick crossed right-footed by Emiliano Thiago Silva, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:00 Substitution Vedran Corluka leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Woodgate.
    • 58:00 Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Emiliano Thiago Silva.
    • 57:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Raniere Sandro on Mathieu Flamini. Mathieu Flamini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:49 Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.
    • 54:49 Booking The referee cautions Mathieu Flamini for unsporting behaviour.
    • 54:41 Unfair challenge on Vedran Corluka by Mathieu Flamini results in a free kick.
    • 52:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Alessandro Nesta. Shot on goal comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick, save made by Marco Amelia.
    • 52:12 Luca Antonini sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the box by Zlatan Ibrahimovic misses to the right of the target.
    • 51:18 Shot from just outside the box by Rafael Van der Vaart goes over the bar.
    • 49:56 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by De Souza Robinho from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 49:39 Gennaro Gattuso takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a fantastic save.
    • 49:18 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by De Souza Robinho, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
    • 49:10 De Souza Robinho crosses the ball, blocked by Steven Pienaar.
    • 48:48 Corner taken short by De Souza Robinho.
    • 48:39 Centre by Ignazio Abate, clearance made by Raniere Sandro.
    • 48:04 Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 47:58 Aaron Lennon produces a cross.
    • 47:16 Unfair challenge on Emiliano Thiago Silva by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mario Yepes.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Da Silva Alexandre Pato joins the action as a substitute, replacing Clarence Seedorf.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:05 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+1:02 The ball is sent over by De Souza Robinho.
    • 45:00+0:43 Emiliano Thiago Silva fouled by Wilson Palacios, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Emiliano Thiago Silva.
    • 43:08 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, save made by Marco Amelia.
    • 42:14 Ignazio Abate produces a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 41:19 Corner from right by-line taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 41:00 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Ignazio Abate.
    • 40:38 A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon.
    • 39:38 Mathieu Flamini challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. William Gallas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:59 The ball is swung over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 34:47 The ball is sent over by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Alessandro Nesta.
    • 34:04 A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Alessandro Nesta gets a block in.
    • 33:38 Zlatan Ibrahimovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:39 Foul by Peter Crouch on Gennaro Gattuso, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gennaro Gattuso.
    • 30:21 Michael Dawson challenges De Souza Robinho unfairly and gives away a free kick. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 27:32 Centre by Clarence Seedorf.
    • 26:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zlatan Ibrahimovic by Michael Dawson. Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes the free kick.
    • 25:49 Unfair challenge on Clarence Seedorf by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mario Yepes.
    • 21:49 Aaron Lennon produces a cross.
    • 21:24 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, save by Marco Amelia.
    • 21:03 A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon, blocked by Luca Antonini.
    • Correction - 20:22 Zlatan Ibrahimovic sends in a cross, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 20:22 De Souza Robinho produces a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 19:53 The offside flag is raised against Zlatan Ibrahimovic. William Gallas takes the indirect free kick.
    • 15:06 Ignazio Abate restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:06 Substitution Marco Amelia comes on in place of Christian Abbiati.
    • 15:06 Steven Pienaar challenges Emiliano Thiago Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 13:50 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Gennaro Gattuso.
    • 13:31 Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Alessandro Nesta.
    • 13:24 The ball is sent over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Mario Yepes manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:06 A cross is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, Alessandro Nesta makes a clearance.
    • 12:06 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Christian Abbiati.
    • 12:01 Vedran Corluka sends in a cross.
    • 11:02 Gennaro Gattuso fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Gennaro Gattuso takes the direct free kick.
    • 9:39 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:33 The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon, Mario Yepes makes a clearance.
    • 6:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clarence Seedorf by Raniere Sandro. Direct free kick taken by Alessandro Nesta.
    • 5:55 The ball is delivered by Clarence Seedorf, comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 4:20 Vedran Corluka crosses the ball, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save made by Christian Abbiati.
    • 3:37 Emiliano Thiago Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Van der Vaart. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:17 Raniere Sandro concedes a free kick for a foul on Gennaro Gattuso. Gennaro Gattuso restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:55 Foul by Peter Crouch on Christian Abbiati, free kick awarded. Christian Abbiati takes the free kick.
    • 1:16 Peter Crouch is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Christian Abbiati.
    • 0:58 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line.
    • 0:40 Steven Pienaar delivers the ball, clearance made by Alessandro Nesta.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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