Even Tottenham's biggest advocates would have struggled to predict starting the 2nd leg of the AC Milan clash with a 1-0 lead. But that's exactly what happened.
It was a feisty match from the start. A clear handball from Nesta should have earned Spurs a penalty in the first minute, but it was overlooked by the officials. It didn’t stop there...
For the first 20 minutes it was all Tottenham with early shots fired in from Crouch and Van Der Vaat.
Milan’s first chance came in the 22nd minute with Gomes stopping a dangerous ball in from the left-hand side. Milan’s 2nd chance didn’t come until the 42nd minute with Gomes again looking solid in goal.
All-in-all, the Spurs keeper had a very quiet first half. But that was about to change.
3 minutes after the break and a truly majestic chip by VDV falls just past the top right-hand corner. The Spurs attack then turns to a sustained period of defence forcing Gomes to pull out the save of the match after Yepes fires a head towards the top left-hand corner.
But if there was a turning point in the match, it was to come in the 56th. A two-footed tackle from Flamini deserved a straight red card only for him to escaped with a yellow. Unfortunately for Spurs, Corluka didn’t escape injury and was stretchered off. Shortly afterwards, Gattuso got in a tangle with the Spurs bench - Milan looked agitated.
Another Milan attack, another Yepes header. Another wonderful save from birthday boy, Gomes.
20 minutes of pressure from Milan and Lennon gets a break down the right wing. His pace was astounding. A beautiful skip round the last defender followed by a cutback towards the penalty spot leads to PUMA’s Peter Crouch slotting home a memorable goal.
The Spurs fans erupt! A draw would have been a great result. Few dared to dream of a win. The PUMA team jumping up and down, only to remember that we needed to get this up on Twitter ASAP!
Our hearts stopped as Ibrahimovic netted with a classy overhead kick three minutes into extra time. But the goal didn’t stand. The officials spotted a push from the striker and Tottenham breathed a sigh of relief.
The final whistle blows and Tottenham’s players have a result to remember for a long-time.
More confrontation from Gattuso has caused UEFA to open a disciplinary hearing against the player who misses the 2nd leg at White Hart Lane through suspension anyway.
Tottenham can’t go all the way in their first ever Champions League campaign, can they? We sure hope so.
The return leg will be played at White Hart Lane on 9th March. It can’t come soon enough!