Goals: AC Milan – Tottenham Hotspur – Played on 02/14/2023
Milan achieved a difficult victory over Tottenham Hotspur, 1-0, in the match that brought them together today, Tuesday, at the San Siro stadium, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Brahim Diaz scored the only goal of the match in the 7th minute.
The second leg is scheduled to take place on March 8, at Tottenham Stadium, to determine the qualifier for the quarter-finals of the competition.
The match started quickly, as Milan managed to score the first goal in the 7th minute of the match, after a ball penetrated by Theo from the left side, hit ball that was saved by goalkeeper Forster, to bounce back to find Diaz, who followed it up with a shot that went to Forster again, so that Ibrahim returned to follow it with a header in the goal.
Tottenham tried to quickly return to the meeting, and from a free kick that was crossed inside the area, Dier met it with a header, but it reached the hands of goalkeeper Tatarusano easily.
And with Tottenham pressuring the ball holder in Milan, Emerson succeeded in cutting it from Salimikers in front of the penalty area, to fire a shot from outside the area, but it reached the middle of the goal into the arms of the Rossoneri goalkeeper.
In the 42nd minute, Rafael Leao carried out a quick counterattack, but the Portuguese made a hasty decision to hit the ball from a distance, to easily reach the hands of goalkeeper Forster.
In the 48th minute, Tottenham defender Christian Romero took a risk, as he was at risk of being sent off after a very violent intervention on Sandro Tonali’s foot, and the referee handed him a yellow card, amid objections from the opponent for not giving him the red card.
Lenglet, from the left side of Tottenham, posed a threat to Milan’s goal after he passed Giroud, who fell on the field, to penetrate and pass a cross to Kane, but defender Kair managed to clear it for a corner in the 64th minute.
Pioli pushed the duo Messias and De Ketilar in the 77th minute, replacing Salimikers and Ibrahim Diaz, and just a few seconds after he came on as a substitute, a cross was executed by Giro to De Ketilar, who met it with a header that passed next to the post to miss the opportunity for a goal.
In the 79th minute, Milan continued to waste easy chances, after a perfect cross from Rafael Liao into the 6th, the defense failed to clear it, to be met by defender Thiao with a header, but it passed near the right post.
Liao missed the opportunity to secure victory with a second goal in the 89th minute after a long ball from Jiro singled him out, but the Portuguese received the ball wrongly, so Forster succeeded in getting out of his goal and catching it.