AC Milan 0 Spurs 1: Crouch strikes to put Tottenham in the driving seat

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TOTTENHAM enjoyed another memorable European night with a smash-and-grab victory over AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

After edging a close first half at the San Siro, Spurs needed two excellent saves from Heurelho Gomes and some resolute defending in a second 45 minutes which was dominated by the Italian hosts.

It was a spiteful second half, too, with Vedran Corluka carried off with a nasty-looking injury following Mathieu Flamini’s two-footed challenge.

However, it was Harry Redknapp’s side who had the last word when Aaron Lennon led a lightning-fast break before feeding Peter Crouch to sweep home in the 80th minute. Zlatan Ibrahimovic thought he had equalised in added time only to have his goal disallowed.

At the full-time whistle there were furious scenes as Gattuso appeared to head-butt Tottenham’s Scottish coach Joe Jordan.