Tottenham’s dream European adventure continued at the San Siro on Tuesday night as Peter Crouch grabbed the only goal in a 1-0 victory over AC Milan.
Despite playing without the injured Gareth Bale, the hat-trick hero when Spurs last played in this stadium in a 4-3 defeat to Inter Milan, Spurs put in a controlled and professional performance that belied their relative inexperience on this stage.
Crouch struck 10 minutes from time on a lightning counter attack in a half otherwise dominated by the hosts.
It puts the English side in a strong position ahead of the second leg at what will surely be a white hot White Hart Lane in three weeks time.
Mathieu Flamini was then very lucky to stay on the field for a horror two-footed lunge with studs showing on Corluka, receiving only a yellow card.
“It was a deliberate tackle. He could have broken his leg. A referee should have red-carded him,” an angry Redknapp told a news conference.
Spurs then hit Milan with a rapier counter-attack as substitute Luca Modric sent Lennon scampering away and he skinned Yepes, who tried in vain to bring him down, before squaring for Crouch to slot into an unguarded net. And Ibrahimovic in extratime had the ball in the net with an acrobatic volley that was disallowed for a marginal offside.
The game in Milan ended with ugly scenes as Gattuso appeared to aim a headbutt at Spurs assistant manager and former Milan player Joe Jordan, igniting a scuffle involving several players and staff.
Raul haunts Valencia
Valencia, Spain: Raul marked his first match in Spain since leaving Real Madrid with a trademark poacher’s strike to rescue a 1-1 draw for Schalke 04 in their Champions League last-16, first leg in Valencia on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old striker scored just after the hour to cancel out a 17th-minute effort from another former Bernabeu favourite, Roberto Soldado.
His goal extended Raul’s record tally in the three major European club competitions to 69. Valencia controlled play for long periods at the Mestalla but squandered a number of openings. Schalke will be without defender Lukas Schmitz for the return game in Gelsenkirchen after he was sent off for a second caution in stoppage time.
"I hope my goal helps us make it into the next round,” said Raul.