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Milan v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary,
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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target
That's all for today, goodbye!
Milan will be happy to pick up their first-ever win over Tottenham and take a lead into the second leg, which will be played on March 8. In the meantime, Milan travel to Monza for their next game in Serie A while Spurs host West Ham in the Premier League.
Milan got off to the perfect start as Diaz scored after just seven minutes with a diving header over Forster, who made two good saves before the Spaniard scored the third attempt. It was an evenly fought half after that as both sides fought for every ball and put 100 per cent into every duel. There were a total of 16 fouls in the first period but the referee did not hand out any cards as he understood the nature of the game. Kane did hit the crossbar for Spurs but the linesman raised his flag for offside soon after, with Milan entering the break with a 1-0 lead. The second half started very slowly as Milan looked to protect their advantage while Spurs couldn’t click in the final third. De Ketelaere and Messias had the best chances in the half as they both missed close-range headers just a minute apart. Pioli’s side managed to see the game through as they take a one-goal lead to north London.
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FULL TIME: MILAN 1-0 TOTTENHAM
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Kane drives into the box after good play from Danjuma and Richarlison, but the striker cannot get his shot away and Kjaer tackles him.
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Hernandez receives a yellow card after fouling Richarlison and reacting poorly toward the referee.
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Rebic replaces Leao for the final few minutes of this match.
There will be a minimum of six additional minutes.
Milan are sitting deeper in their own half now and are prioritising the counter-attack as they make sure they head to London with a lead.
Pobega replaces Tonali as Milan look to see the rest of this game out.
Davies tries his luck from long range, but he fails to hit the target for Spurs.
CHANCE! Dier has an open header from close range after a corner from Perisic, but he mistimes his effort and cannot generate the power to beat Tatarusanu!
Davies comes on for Lenglet on the left side of the Tottenham back three.
Danjuma replaces Son as Spurs' second substitution of the match.
Tonali is shown a yellow card after fouling Kane.
ANOTHER BIG MISS! Messias now misses a header from point-blank range to let Tottenham off! Leao once again puts in a great delivery and Messias fails to hit the target from five yards out.
HUGE CHANCE! De Ketelaere misses an incredible chance to double Milan's lead with his first touch! Giroud does well to win a header from Leao's cross and he sets up the Belgian forward. De Ketelaere just cannot connect properly with his header.
C. De Ketelaere
De Ketelaere replaces goalscorer Diaz for the hosts.
Messias comes on for Saelemaekers on the right side for Milan.
Skipp slides to keep the ball in play and manages to find Richarlison at the same time. The attacker shoots first-time but fails to beat the first defender with his effort.
Hernandez once again bursts down the left side for Milan but Forster does well to see the ball out and win a goal kick.
Richarlison replaces Kulusevski on the right wing for Tottenham.
Giroud wins the initial header from Hernandez's deep free-kick before Kalulu heads the ball towards goal, but Forster makes an easy save.
Six of Romero's seven yellow cards this season have come in his last eight appearances for Spurs in all competitions, having received just one caution in his first 12 games this term.
Lenglet sends a cross in but there is not a single white shirt in the box for Tottenham. The visitors need to get more bodies forward sooner rather than later.
Dier receives a yellow card meaning he will miss the second leg for Tottenham.
Perisic sends in a good cross from the corner but Tatarusanu catches it. The goalkeeper grimaces as he lands due to the ankle problem from a few minutes ago.
Tatarusanu is back on the pitch as he seems to be able to continue.
The Milan physios are back on the pitch as Tatarusanu seems to have injured his ankle.
Son opts to cross the ball in rather than shoot despite the good range and the chance leads to nothing.
Kane draws a foul from Krunic in a very dangerous position for Spurs. Son and Kane are standing over it.
Spurs are really to struggling to get going in the second half. Their passing patterns have been poor and wasteful.
Leao beats his marker on the wing again and passes to Diaz in the middle. The midfielder cuts onto his left and tries to shoot but Sarr does well to tackle him.
The tempo of the second half has been very slow so far as both teams attack with precaution.
Tonali will be able to continue while Romero will also stay on the pitch following a VAR check.
VAR are checking the challenge for a red card while Tonali receives treatment from the physios.
Romero receives the first booking of the match after a poor challenge on Tonali.
Diaz gets the second half underway for Milan!
Although Milan have the lead, Spurs look more likely to score the next goal at the moment. The Lilywhites look particularly dangerous from set-pieces as Son has been very good from the dead-ball situations. Leao and Hernandez are still causing problems for Spurs down the left wing, but the hosts will need to get Giroud more involved in this next half.
Milan got off to the perfect start as Diaz scored after just seven minutes with a diving header over Forster, who made two good saves before Diaz scored the third attempt. It was an evenly fought half after that as both sides fought for every ball and put 100% into every duel. There were a total of 16 fouls in the first period but the referee did not hand out any cards as he understood the nature of the game. Kane did hit the crossbar for Spurs but the linesman raised his flag for offside soon after, with Milan entering the break with a 1-0 lead.
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HALF-TIME: MILAN 1-0 TOTTENHAM
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Son shoots from a long free-kick and generates a lot of power on his shot. Tatarusanu does well to come out and punch the ball away.
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Emerson wins a header at the back post and heads the ball toward Kane. The striker tries to score with an acrobatic attempt but mishits the shot.
There will be a minimum of three additional minutes.
CROSSBAR! Kane hits the underside of the bar after the rebound from Son's initial effort falls into his path! The linesman then raises his flag for offside after the ball rolls out of play.
Giroud lays the ball off to Leao on the left wing and the Portuguese international drives with the ball before cutting inside. He tries to curl his shot into the far right corner, but his effort is wayward.
Milan are defending well in numbers now as they look to see this half through. Spurs are pushing more players forward to grab an equaliser before the break.
Hernandez once again gets the better of Romero on the left wing and drives into the box. He tries to cut the ball back to Giroud but Dier blocks it.
Kane's hold-up play has been vital for Spurs so far. He is either drawing fouls or beating multiple players to help the away side progress up the pitch.
Giroud has had just eight touches in this match so far for Milan, the least of any outfield player in this match. The hosts will want to use the striker more in the build-up play and as an outlet.
Milan are starting to play more defensively now as Spurs push them back towards their own goal.
Spurs are pressing a lot higher up the pitch now and it is causing Milan a few problems as they try to play out from the back.
Perisic sends in a cross toward Kane, who falls to the ground holding his face after colliding with Kjaer in the air. He is able to continue after receiving help from the physios.
Milan are attacking more patiently as they sense the visitors growing in confidence in this match.
Son takes another good free-kick for Spurs, crossing the ball in with a lot of power. Lenglet's flick on goes out for a corner but it leads to nothing.
Kane holds off his defender before trying to slip Kulusevski in on goal, but Kalulu does well to come across and clear the ball away.
Kane wins another header from a free-kick taken by Son, but this time he fails to test Tatarusanu in goal.
Kjaer is back on his feet and able to continue for Milan.
Son whips in another cross from a free-kick, this time towards Romero. Kjaer beats him in the air but requires some medical treatment from the physios.
Spurs are starting to enjoy more of the ball now but are struggling to get it into the box. They do however look dangerous from set-pieces.
CHANCE! Son sends in a powerful cross into the box, and Kane gets a flick onto the ball to direct it toward the goal. His effort goes straight into the hands of Tatarusanu.
Milan are playing with great confidence at the moment as they move the ball around quickly and look to pass forward as much as they can.
Milan have a record of W3, D0, L0 when scoring the opening goal in the Champions League this season.
GOALLL!!! 1-0 MILAN!!! DIAZ!! Milan take an early lead as Diaz scores a header from close range! Forster makes a double save, first from Hernandez and then from Diaz, but he cannot stop the third attempt at goal as the midfielder dived forward to give put Milan ahead.
Sarr and Skipp are trying to suffocate Diaz in the middle as much as possible when he is receiving the ball. The do not want to allow the Milan player space to create a scoring opportunity.
Kulusevski and Perisic work a short corner but fail to get a cross into the box, much to the frustration of the players waiting in the middle.
Leao shows his intent early on for Milan as he uses his pace to drive at the Spurs backline and draw a foul from Emerson.
Tottenham get the game underway at the San Siro!
The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch. There will be a moment of silence before kick-off to pay respects to those in Turkey and Syria.
Son is playing his 54th game in the Champions League, the joint-most of any Asian player in the history of the competition, level with Park Ji-sung.
Pioli keeps the same starting lineup that beat Torino on the weekend. Conte makes five changes from his side’s defeat to Leicester as Romero, Lenglet, Emerson, Skipp, and Sarr come into the starting 11. Hojbjerg is suspended for this fixture due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
SUBS: Brandon Austin, Alfie Whiteman, Davinson Sanchez, Richarlison, Arnaut Danjuma, Pedro Porro, Japhet Tanganga, Lucas Moura, Ben Davies, Alfie Devine.
Tottenham (3-4-3): Fraser Forster; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Clement Lenglet; Emerson Royal, Oliver Skipp, Pape Sarr, Ivan Perisic; Dejan Kulusevski, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min.
SUBS: Antonio Mirante, Lapo Nava, Davide Calabria, Fode Ballo-Toure, Ante Rebic, Divock Origi, Junior Messias, Tommaso Pobega, Matteo Gabbia, Charles De Ketelaere.
Milan (3-4-3): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Pierre Kalulu, Simon Kjaer, Malick Thiaw; Alexis Saelemaekers, Rade Krunic, Sandro Tonali, Theo Hernandez; Brahim Diaz, Olivier Giroud, Rafael Leao.
Milan finished second in Group E, winning three of their six games and losing both fixtures against Chelsea. They scored 12 goals in the group stages, including 4-0 wins over Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb. Spurs managed to top Group D on the final matchday after a 95th-minute winner from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg against Marseille. They also won three of their group matches and conceded just six goals, only bettered by five teams in the competition.
This match could save the job of one of these managers as both Stefano Pioli and Antonio Conte are under a bit of pressure due to the league form of their respective sides. Milan are fifth in Serie A, 18 points off the first-place Napoli, and only ended a five-game winless streak in their last game (1-0 vs Torino). Tottenham come into this game off the back of an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Leicester on the weekend, leaving them fifth and 12 points off Arsenal at the top of the Premier League. A good Champions League run can give each team some much-needed momentum.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash between Milan and Tottenham.