Tottenham defeats AC Milan 0-0 (agg 0-1) to end Antonio Conte’s team’s 15-year trophy drought and knock them out of the Champions League.
Match report: Tottenham put on a terrible display in a dull draw with AC Milan. Cristian Romero was sent off late on as the visitors moved to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Tottenham’s 15-year trophy drought is still going strong as fans booed at the final whistle.
Tottenham vs AC Milan Football Match Highlights 8 March 2023
Tottenham’s chances of winning a trophy this year were dash. When AC Milan eliminate them from the Champions League 1-0 on aggregate following a scoreless draw in the second leg of their round-of-16 match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
When Antonio Conte returned to the sidelines. Spurs struggled to overcome a one-goal disadvantage from the first leg. Cristian Romero’s late red card added insult to injury.
Even if Tottenham made a slight improvement in the second half, AC Milan still had the best of the chances, as evidenced by Fraser Forster’s outstanding save on Brahim Diaz and replacement Divock Origi’s post-goal effort in stoppage time.
The home crowd, who has not witnessed their team win a trophy in 15 years and now only has a top-four finish to compete for this season because Conte’s contract is set to expire in 12 games, booed loudly as the game came to a close.
How Spurs crashed out
Due to both team buses being late, the game’s start was delayed by 10 minutes. Tottenham played poorly in the first half, with AC Milan comfortably winning despite their failure to press for a bigger advantage.
While Milan came the closest, Junior Messias recklessly fired wide from inside the box after a well-executed set-piece routine, and Cristian Romero and Clement Lenglet would both be disqualified from the quarterfinals as a result.
Spurs’ best chance in the first half came when Kane got the ball in the box. His cross was deflected towards goal and diverted behind by goalkeeper Mike Maignan’s left leg. Tottenham lacked imagination in the middle of the field.
In the beginning of the second half, the excellent Diaz forced Forster to make a pivotal save by spreading himself wide to stop a close-range shot.
When Tottenham attempted to move the ball along more quickly in the other half. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg drove into the penalty area and fired towards goal, but Maignan blocked his shot.
Before Romero carelessly slid in on Theo Hernandez at the touchline and was given a second yellow card. AC Milan were wasteful in possession and easy pickings for Spurs.
Harry Kane’s late header was stop by a great save by Maignan. Origi nearly won the match on the counter-attack but hit the left post.