AC Milan Made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a poor performance Tottenham to progress 1-0 on aggregate after a goalless draw in the second leg of the round-of-16 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday.
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg in Italy, Tottenham offered precious little to suggest they could turn the tie around, despite manager Antonio Conte back on the sidelines after recovering from gallbladder surgery. .
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As the home side tried to create some momentum late on, their hopes were fueled but the defender’s foul with 12 minutes remaining christian romero He was shown a second yellow card for being left with 10 men.
Spurs have now failed to score in their last three matches, losing two, in which they have been knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League as well, given their performances Premier League Top four hopes dealt a blow
Milan, who are in a similar battle to get back into the Champions League next season, have reached the last eight of Europe’s premier competition for the first time since 2011-12.
Despite trailing from the first leg, Tottenham showed little urgency in the first half as they went to half-time without a goal for the seventh time in their eight Champions League games this season.
Indeed, with Milan completely comfortable and Spurs lacking ideas and intensity in possession, neither side had a shot on target in the first 45 minutes.
The only true moment of danger before the break was a rehearsal of a Milan free-kick routine on 18 minutes Junior Messias Free up the right side of the box only for the wing-back to scuff his shot well.
And it was the visitors who finally got the first try on goal six minutes into the second half.
Sole goalscorer in first leg brahim diazmanaged to outrun a defender after a cutback from Messias but fraser fosterdeputation continues for the injured hugo loris In goal, Tottenham was able to get down and block with his feet.
Tottenham finally started to show some urgency as the game ticked into its final quarter and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg called mike mignon For the first time in action, the Milan goalkeeper was forced to shoot over the bar.
But a stiff challenge from Romero theo hernandez A deserved second yellow produced near the touchline and it appeared to be the end of Tottenham’s limping challenge.
The home fans’ disappointment was evident when substitute Conte was booed Dejan Kulusevski with guard davinson sanchez as soon as the time ran out.
The play deepened late in second-half stoppage time when a harry kane Header made a fine save from Meganene before the substitute Divock Origin Attempted breakaway against the posts at the other end.
But it was too little too late for Tottenham, leaving Milan to go into the quarter-final draw on 17 March.