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Tottenham 0-0 AC Milan: Match report, player ratings, expert analysis, fan reaction and more

All the action and reaction from the Champions League last 16


Tottenham crashed out of the Champions League round of 16 with a dreadful performance that left Antonio Conte’s immediate future further in doubt.

Having exited the FA Cup 10 days ago, this represented Spurs’ last chance at silverware, and a home game at only 1-0 down against an out-of-form AC Milan side seemed a good opportunity.

But the first half passed largely without incident, with Spurs failing to find even a shot on target.

Leaving the pitch to a smattering of boos, there was a sense of frustration around north London, with their side not having created anything like enough to turn their 1-0 deficit around.

Tottenham improved somewhat in the second half, but continued to struggle to create anything of note in front of an increasingly restless crowd.

Things went from bad to worse for the Lilywhites with 20 minutes to go, when Cristian Romero was sent off for a second yellow card offence, which prompted the goal-seeking Spurs to bizarrely send on a centre-back for an attacker.

Tottenham, who managed just one shot on target in the 90 minutes, almost clawed an extra thirty minutes out of nowhere when Harry Kane forced Mike Maignan into an excellent save from a free kick, before Divock Origi hit the post seconds later.

It leaves Spurs another season trophyless, and Antonio Conte’s future even more uncertain. Milan, meanwhile, march on.

Player ratings

Tottenham

  • GK: Fraser Forster (6) - Hardly had a touch of the ball but was solid when called upon.
  • RWB: Emerson Royal (5) - Began brightly but didn’t really offer anything going forwards.
  • CB: Cristian Romero (2) - Picked up a yellow card early and was always likely, with his form, to be sent off. Predictably was and left his side in a massive hole.
  • CB: Clement Lenglet (5) - Booked for a cynical challenge but was largely untroubled besides that.
  • CB: Ben Davies (4) - Offers very little in terms of progressive passing, but was defensively solid.
  • LWB: Ivan Perisic (4) - A shadow of the player Spurs thought they had signed from Inter Milan, and turned in another poor performance. Taken off just after half time.
  • CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (5) - Looks lost without Rodrigo Bentancur, seemingly asked to do too much on his own. Struggled to get the better of the midfield and progress the ball.
  • CM: Oliver Skipp (5) - Got through a lot of work in midfield and wasn’t afraid to stick his foot in,
  • RW: Dejan Kulusevski (4) - Dropped off a cliff since the World Cup and had another poor outing for the Lilywhites, and was taken off with 10 minutes to go despite his side needing a goal.
  • ST: Harry Kane (6) - A poor game by his own high standards but once again asked to shoulder the entire attacking burden and
  • LW: Heung-Min Son (4) - His fall from grace continues to baffle, as the South Korean was against anonymous on the left hand side.

Substitutes

  • Pedro Porro (6) - Tottenham looked a bit more adventurous, but he lacked any real quality in the final third.
  • Richarlison (3) - Offered nothing upon coming on.
  • Davinson Sanchez (4) - Didn’t really put a foot wrong when he came on but an odd change.

AC Milan

  • GK: Mike Maignan (7) - Didn’t have much to do but made one excellent save from Kane in stoppage time to keep his side heading through.
  • RWB: Junior Messais (7) - Was excellent on the right hand side for Milan, and showed some tidy footwork time and time again during the first half before picking up an injury.
  • CB: Malick Thiaw (7) - Milan appear to have found another gem, with the youngster barely putting a foot wrong across the 90 minutes.
  • CB: Pierre Kalulu (7) - Solid and understated in the heart of defence.
  • CB: Fikayo Tomori (7) - Largely untroubled but continued to demonstrate just why he is so highly rated at San Siro with a solid outing.
  • LWB: Theo Hernandez (8) - Milan’s main point of attack and largely excellent in defence.
  • CM: Rade Krunic (7) - There were question marks over him coming into the game but he had a solid outing in midfield, though he was hardly tested.
  • CM: Sandro Tonali (7) - Like Krunic, was hardly tested and coasted through much of the game.
  • RW: Brahim Diaz (7) - Tidy on the ball and worked hard off it to help his side.
  • ST: Olivier Giroud (6) - Tried one spectacular effort that didn’t come off, but held up the ball well when asked.
  • LW: Rafael Leao (5) - Clearly carries a threat but was off the boil against the Lilywhites.

Substitutes

  • Ismael Bennacer (7) - Came on to add some invaluable bite to the Milan midfield late on.
  • Divock Origi (6) - Ran the channels well and hit the post late on.
  • Alexis Saelemakers (6) - Solid and diligent when he came on.
  • Ante Rebic (N/A) - Came on for the final few minutes.

Expert analysis

Fan reaction

Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.


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