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  • Date:09 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:34,320
( agg 1 - 0 )
Goal!

Live Commentary

92mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko fouled by Alessandro Nesta, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Bale restarts play with the free kick.

91mins

De Souza Robinho takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by De Souza Robinho, Unfair challenge on Heurelho Gomes by Zlatan Ibrahimovic results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.

90mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Emiliano Thiago Silva restarts play with the free kick.

89mins

Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by da Silva Alexandre Pato results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

Da Silva Alexandre Pato has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

88mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Alessandro Nesta takes the indirect free kick.

87mins

Rodney Strasser comes on in place of Mathieu Flamini.

86mins

The ball is delivered by Luca Antonini, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

85mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the left by-line to the near post, Alessandro Nesta makes a clearance.

82mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko comes on in place of Peter Crouch.

81mins

A cross is delivered by Luca Antonini, clearance by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

81mins

Corner taken by Alexander Merkel played to the near post, clearance made by Vedran Corluka.

80mins

Vedran Corluka delivers the ball, save by Christian Abbiati.

77mins

Shot from just outside the penalty box by da Silva Alexandre Pato misses to the left of the target.

77mins

Alexander Merkel delivers the ball, Raniere Sandro makes a clearance.

76mins

Alexander Merkel replaces Kevin-Prince Boateng.

70mins

Jermaine Jenas comes on in place of Steven Pienaar. Luca Antonini concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Luka Modric takes the free kick.

70mins

Luca Antonini replaces Marek Jankulovski.

70mins

The ball is swung over by Steven Pienaar, Alessandro Nesta manages to make a clearance.

67mins

Mathieu Flamini challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.

66mins

Gareth Bale on for Rafael Van der Vaart. De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes. Shot from close range by De Souza Robinho misses to the right of the goal.

64mins

Peter Crouch challenges Emiliano Thiago Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Christian Abbiati.

63mins

Mathieu Flamini is shown a yellow card. Da Silva Alexandre Pato goes into the referee's book. Mathieu Flamini concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, da Silva Alexandre Pato gets a block in. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball, clearance made by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

61mins

Peter Crouch fouled by Alessandro Nesta, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.

61mins

The referee gives a free kick against Zlatan Ibrahimovic for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.

61mins

Da Silva Alexandre Pato is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

60mins

Alessandro Nesta fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alessandro Nesta.

60mins

The official flags Benoit Assou-Ekotto offside. Indirect free kick taken by Christian Abbiati.

57mins

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Header by Michael Dawson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

55mins

Clarence Seedorf concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.

53mins

Unfair challenge on Alessandro Nesta by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Christian Abbiati.

52mins

Shot by da Silva Alexandre Pato. Michael Dawson gets a block in.

48mins

Booking for Marek Jankulovski for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Marek Jankulovski on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.

48mins

Ignazio Abate sends in a cross, Raniere Sandro manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Zlatan Ibrahimovic fouled by Michael Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Clarence Seedorf.

46mins

The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch takes a shot.

46mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a drilled left-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.

45mins

The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Marek Jankulovski makes a clearance.

42mins

Kevin-Prince Boateng fouled by Raniere Sandro, the ref awards a free kick. Clarence Seedorf restarts play with the free kick.

41mins

Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Luka Modric gets a block in.

41mins

The ball is sent over by Ignazio Abate, save made by Heurelho Gomes.

40mins

Corner taken by De Souza Robinho from the left by-line played to the near post, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.

37mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against da Silva Alexandre Pato. Michael Dawson takes the indirect free kick.

37mins

Shot from 20 yards from Rafael Van der Vaart. Save made by Christian Abbiati.

34mins

Da Silva Alexandre Pato is ruled offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.

32mins

Shot from 12 yards from da Silva Alexandre Pato. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.

31mins

Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Alessandro Nesta takes the direct free kick.

30mins

Luka Modric fouled by Clarence Seedorf, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick.

29mins

Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes a clearance.

29mins

Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Zlatan Ibrahimovic results in a free kick. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

28mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on da Silva Alexandre Pato. Marek Jankulovski takes the direct free kick.

27mins

Raniere Sandro concedes a free kick for a foul on De Souza Robinho. Strike comes in from Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the free kick.

26mins

De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Clearance by William Gallas.

25mins

Ignazio Abate produces a cross, clearance by Michael Dawson.

24mins

Shot from just outside the area by De Souza Robinho misses to the right of the target.

22mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Lennon on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Free kick crossed right-footed by da Silva Alexandre Pato, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.

22mins

Zlatan Ibrahimovic concedes a free kick for a foul on William Gallas. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

21mins

Alessandro Nesta fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Emiliano Thiago Silva.

21mins

Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball, clearance made by Emiliano Thiago Silva.

20mins

Volleyed left-footed shot by Rafael Van der Vaart. Alessandro Nesta gets a block in. Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

20mins

Rafael Van der Vaart fouled by De Souza Robinho, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Raniere Sandro.

18mins

Steven Pienaar crosses the ball, Close range header by Peter Crouch goes wide of the left-hand post.

15mins

Kevin-Prince Boateng fouled by Raniere Sandro, the ref awards a free kick. Zlatan Ibrahimovic produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Heurelho Gomes. De Souza Robinho takes the outswinging corner, Kevin-Prince Boateng concedes a free kick for a foul on William Gallas. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.

14mins

Marek Jankulovski is ruled offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.

13mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on De Souza Robinho by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick crossed right-footed by da Silva Alexandre Pato from right by-line, clearance by Raniere Sandro.

12mins

Vedran Corluka fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Vedran Corluka restarts play with the free kick.

10mins

Foul by Clarence Seedorf on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng by Raniere Sandro. Clarence Seedorf takes the free kick.

8mins

Foul by Peter Crouch on Emiliano Thiago Silva, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Emiliano Thiago Silva.

7mins

The referee blows for offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic on William Gallas. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.

3mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by da Silva Alexandre Pato. Clarence Seedorf produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

2mins

Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

1mins

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Match Preview

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists he will not risk Gareth Bale in Wednesday's Champions League showdown with AC Milan unless he is convinced his star winger is 100% fit.

Bale looked set to start the second leg of the last-16 tie at White Hart Lane after he trained with his team-mates on Tuesday, 48 hours after making a successful comeback from his six-week back injury lay-off against Wolves.

The 21-year-old looked sprightly in the 3-3 draw at Molineux, breaking through the Wolves defence on one occasion to almost grab a fourth goal that would have earned Spurs a vital victory. However the Wales winger did not react well to a full training session with his team-mates, making him a major doubt to face Milan.

Redknapp's team are favourites to progress after they beat the Italian outfit 1-0 in the first leg, but he would be forgiven for throwing the youngster into his team given his stunning impact on the club's Champions League campaign this season. Yet the Spurs boss is adamant he will not force Bale to start unless he is fully fit.

"I'm sure Gareth is desperate to play but I don't think he will play if he doesn't feel 100%," Redknapp said.

"Obviously I would love to start him if he is fit. He is a fantastic player for us but if he's not quite right then I wouldn't want to take a chance on him. If the boy says he is not ready to start then I wouldn't push him.

"This morning he felt he wasn't quite ready to start. His back was okay but he felt a little stiff in his legs so we will wait until tomorrow to see how he is. At the moment it would be doubtful whether he would be fit to start."

Should they avoid defeat on Wednesday, Redknapp's team will secure their passage through to the last eight of the Champions League in what has been a remarkable debut season in the competition. The club have registered wins over both Milan clubs, Werder Bremen, FC Twente and Young Boys Berne whilst treating their fans to a series of pulsating games at White Hart Lane, where they hold a 100% record in the competition.

The Londoners are outsiders to clinch the trophy but Redknapp would not rule his team out of making the final at Wembley in two months' time.

"It's there for someone to win it and we're still in it," he said.

"We have to play Milan first and we know how hard that will be. But I'm sure all our players want to continue in this competition as I do, and all the staff. It's a fantastic competition. Once you have played in it you want more and we want to stay in as long as we can and it's a wide open competition this year again."

Tottenham may have won the heart of the neutral fan with their brand of attacking football this season, but doubts remain whether a team that has conceded 14 goals in the competition will be able to make it all the way past Europe's elite to Wembley.

Redknapp admits his side do have defensive flaws but has ruled out the possibility of sending his team out to defend versus Milan. He said: "We are not coming here to sit on a 1-0 lead. My message to the players will be "Let's get after them and let's press them" and hopefully we will be able to go and score again.

"I wouldn't want to put a negative thought in the players' minds at all. It's a game we want to win so let's get after them."

Aside from Bale, influential midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is fit enough to start having missed out against Wolves on Sunday with a calf injury. Ledley King and Younes Kaboul have recovered from their respective groin and knee injuries.

Vedran Corluka could also start after making a quick recovery from the ankle sprain he sustained during the 1-0 win at the San Siro. The Croatian was on the receiving end of a horrific tackle from Matthieu Flamini, who Redknapp is sure will get a hostile reception.

"They will give him a very warm welcome," Redknapp said.

"I'm sure he expects that coming here as an ex-Arsenal player and having made a bad tackle in the first leg."

Formation:442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

Formation: 433Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

AC Milan

  • Heurelho Gomes
  • Vedran Corluka
  • Michael Dawson
  • William Gallas
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Luka Modric
  • Raniere Sandro
  • Steven Pienaar
  • Rafael Van der Vaart
  • Peter Crouch
  • SUBS
  • Carlo Cudicini
  • Alan Hutton
  • Gareth Bale
  • Jermaine Jenas
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Ledley King

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Match Report

Stalemate enough for Spurs Tottenham secured their passage through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after holding AC Milan to a hard-fought goalless draw at White Hart Lane. Spurs were on the back foot for the majority of the first half and had William Gallas to thank for keeping them in the match after he hooked off the line after 25 minutes following an error by Heurelho Gomes. The home side looked far more at ease in the second period and had chances to score through Rafael van der Vaart and Peter Crouch but Robinho came close to snatching an away goal for Milan at the death. The performance was probably the most un-Tottenham like effort of their European campaign so far, with the team forced to battle for the ball in a gritty display. Harry Redknapp will not care one bit though as his side's 1-0 win in the San Siro proved enough to see Spurs through to the last eight in their first season in Europe's premier club competition. Much of the pre-match talk had centred on whether Bale would be fit enough to start after Redknapp said yesterday that he was "struggling" to recover from a back injury. The Spurs boss ended up playing it safe, with the 21-year-old taking a place on the bench, with Steven Pienaar preferred down the left flank. Jermain Defoe's two goals at Wolves were not enough to earn him a starting place, with Redknapp opting to stick with the Peter Crouch and Rafael van der Vaart combination that has worked so well in Europe this year. Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri named Mathieu Flamini in his side three weeks after he was guilty of committing what Redknapp described as a "horrific" challenge on Vedran Corluka. Despite Crouch's goal in Milan, Redknapp had urged his team to go on the attack and they obliged, taking only 90 seconds to fashion their first chance, with Van der Vaart toe-poking just wide from 20 yards. Zlatan Ibrahimovic threatened at the other end before Crouch thought he should have had a penalty when he appeared to have his shirt pulled by Ignazio Abate but referee Frank De Bleeckere waved play on. Despite the quick start from Spurs, Milan settled quickly and began to dictate much of the play, with Kevin-Prince Boateng, Robinho, and Clarence Seedorf probing the Spurs defence with searching through-balls. Heurelho Gomes saved well from a 25-yard Zlatan Ibrahimovic free-kick before Robinho had a crack at goal with a 30-yard strike that ballooned over the Spurs bar. Tottenham almost went 1-0 down on 25 minutes when Gomes needlessly raced out of his goal to challenge Pato, but the Brazilian slipped past and fed the ball to Robinho, whose deflected shot was superbly hooked off the line by William Gallas. Van der Vaart curled a 25-yard free-kick just over Christian Abbiati's goal moments later but Milan came storming up the other end soon after, with Pato drawing a good save out of Gomes from eight yards. Milan continued to look the more dangerous of the two teams as the first half neared its end and Gallas did well again to deny Ibrahimovic a chance from inside the box. Spurs came out for the second half much more confidently with Lennon cruising down the right before crossing to Crouch, who was unmarked at the back post. The England striker opted to head the ball across the box but no-one was there and he should have headed goalwards instead. Marek Jankulovski's reckless late challenge on Aaron Lennon after 47 minutes earned him a booking as Spurs kept up the pressure on the visitors. Milan served the hosts with a reminder of their potency minutes later when Flamini fired a low ball across the box that somehow did not result in a tap-in. Lennon then skinned his marker to aim a cross towards the back post but the ball fell to Clarence Seedorf, who appeared to use his hand to control the ball before clearing. The home side appealed for a penalty but the referee waved play on. Flamini, whose every touch was booed by the home fans, then slid in on Assou-Ekotto in a similar challenge to the one that felled Corluka three weeks ago. He clearly played the ball this time but the home crowd were nonetheless outraged when he was only shown yellow. Milan's best chance arrived when Abate released Robinho into the box and he fired low at Gomes. The ball squirmed free to the Brazil striker but the Spurs stopper got a hand to the loose ball and Robinho eventually poked wide. The home crowd sang for Bale's introduction and it came with 25 minutes left when he replaced Van der Vaart. Milan looked to German youngster Alexander Merkel for inspiration as he replaced Boateng with 15 minutes remaining. Pato thought he had put Milan back in the tie when he fired towards goal but his shot rippled into the side netting. Roman Pavlyuchenko came on for Crouch with eight minutes left as Milan looked to grab the opener to take the game into extra time. Sandro, who had battled well all night, continued to break up play though and Bale's pace ensured that Milan did not over-commit forward. The home fans' nerves were frayed when Robinho's deflected shot flew just over after a clever one-two with Ibrahimovic in the 92nd minute but Spurs held on comfortably to take the tie 1-0 on aggregate.

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