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Crouch scores as Spurs sink Milan

Published: Tuesday 15 February 2011, 22.40CET
AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Peter Crouch stroked in a late winner after fine work from Aaron Lennon to leave Spurs well placed to advance to the quarter-finals.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro

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Match statistics

MilanTottenham

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners9
 
5
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 15 February 2011, 22.40CET

Crouch scores as Spurs sink Milan

AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Peter Crouch stroked in a late winner after fine work from Aaron Lennon to leave Spurs well placed to advance to the quarter-finals.

Tottenham Hotspur FC will entertain AC Milan on 9 March with the cushion of an aggregate lead after Peter Crouch's goal earned Harry Redknapp's side a first-leg win at San Siro.

The second half had been largely memorable for the acrobatics of Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who twice denied Mario Yepes. But with the match seemingly destined for a goalless draw, Aaron Lennon raced from his own half, leaving Yepes in his wake, and into the Milan box where he teed up Crouch to sweep the ball in.

On the eve of the contest Redknapp vowed to take the game to Milan and the visitors began strongly, passing the ball around with assurance and looking to exploit the height of Crouch from the flanks. Christian Abbiati was called into action four times in the opening 15 minutes, holding on to shots from Crouch and Rafael van der Vaart and twice beating the lanky striker to the punch after Lennon broke down the right.

Indeed, Abbiati's final intervention resulted in injury to the 33-year-old, who was replaced by Marco Amelia on 18 minutes. Milan, deploying Thiago Silva in central midfield due to injuries, created little in the first half other than Zlatan Ibrahimović's low cross which was destined for Robinho, but anticipated by Gomes, and a wayward free-kick from the subdued Sweden striker on the half-hour. The hosts were grateful to be on terms at half-time after Amelia tipped Van der Vaart's shot over, three minutes before the interval.

Massimiliano Allegri needed to take action and elected to bring Pato on for Clarence Seedorf at the interval yet Tottenham almost took the lead when Van der Vaart turned on the edge of the area and sent a clever reverse chip narrowly wide. The hosts came even closer to breaking the deadlock, Gomes displaying extraordinary athleticism to claw Yepes's goalbound header over the bar on 48 minutes. Now San Siro came alive and the match more intense, while Vedran Ćorluka was carried off following a challenge by Mathieu Flamini.

The much-improved Rossoneri were unrecognisable from the first half, surging forward and winning a succession of corners. One again picked out Yepes on the hour, only for the Colombian international to once more meet his match in the inspired Gomes. Milan continued to press forward, Pato combining well with Flamini, whose shot was blocked by Wilson Palacios.

The Rossoneri threw everything at the visitors but in so doing got caught cold by a lightning counterattack on 80 minutes. Sandro, with an interception, and substitute Luka Modrić, with a poked pass between two defenders, were involved initially but the move was all about Lennon who laid on the winner for Crouch after his rousing run.

In the dying moments Robinho's close-range shot was blocked by Michael Dawson's diving tackle, leaving Milan with it all to do, and without the suspended Gennaro Gattuso, in north London.

Last updated: 27/11/12 12.14CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

tottenham

Tottenham

32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
Substitution18
1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso (C)
Yellow Card76
7
LennonAaron Lennon
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution46
11
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution62
11
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
12
PalaciosWilson Palacios
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card55
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Goal80
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
20
DawsonMichael Dawson (C)
33
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
22
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
Substitution59
70
RobinhoRobinho
30
SandroSandro
76
YepesMario Yepes
Yellow Card61
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
40
PienaarSteven Pienaar
Substitution76

Substitutes

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
Substitution18
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
7
PatoPato
Substitution46
9
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution62
17
OddoMassimo Oddo
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
19
BassongSébastien Bassong
52
MerkelAlexander Merkel
21
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution76
66
LegrottaglieNicola Legrottaglie
39
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
Substitution59

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Harry Redknapp (ENG)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Eric Dansault (FRA), Laurent Ugo (FRA)

Fourth official

Clément Turpin (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Antony Gautier (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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