Milan are back in the CL for the first time in 11 seasons! Scoreless second leg against Tottenham


Last Updated on 03/09/2023 by てんしょく飯


The second leg of the first round of the Champions League (CL) tournament (round of 16) took place on 8 March between Tottenham (England) and Milan (Italy).



 This was Tottenham’s first appearance in the CL in three seasons.

They were eliminated in the round of 16 in their last appearance in the 2019-20 season, and will be looking for their first good result since the 2018-19 season, when they reached the final. Milan, on the other hand, have been away from the European stage for a long time, but this season they have reached the CL round of 16 for the first time in nine seasons, winning the first leg 1-0 on 14 February thanks to Brahim Diaz’s final goal, and will be looking to punch their ticket to the quarter-finals for the first time in 11 seasons in hostile territory. The visitors will be looking to grab a ticket to the quarter-finals for the first time in 11 seasons in hostile territory.


Tottenham made one change to their starting line-up from their most recent Premier League match against Wolverhampton in 26. Emerson Royal came in at right wing-back, while Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were “consecutive”. Milan, meanwhile, made three changes from their most recent Serie A match, against Fiorentina in Serie A 25. Raphael Leone returned to the starting line-up after missing the game through suspension, while ‘guardian’ Mike Menyan returned from a long-term injury lay-off to start for the third official game in a row.


Milan’s first big chance of the game came in the 19th minute, when a free kick in front of the penalty area triggered a “signature play”. After receiving a pass from Sandro Tonari, Junior Messias swapped places with his opponent and broke into the box. He swings his free right foot but his shot goes wide.


Tottenham had a good chance to finish off Song in the 23rd minute, but his effort was blocked by the opposition, and in the 35th minute Emerson took an inside position and sent in a diagonal pass, which Kane deflected back towards goal. Goalkeeper Menyan saved with his feet. The first half ended scoreless.


In the second half, Milan started to create more attacking opportunities and in the 51st minute, after an exchange of passes with J. Mesias, B. Diaz forced his way into the penalty area. In the 67th minute, Leon played a one-two with Theo Hernández down the left flank. Olivier Giroud tried to get on the end of a ball that B. Diaz swung his leg forcibly in the middle, but again goalkeeper Forster was on hand.


Tottenham were looking for a goal first to break the deadlock, but an incident occurred in the 78th minute. Christian Romero was shown a second yellow card for sliding to stop Theo’s breakthrough, leaving Tottenham with ten men for the remainder of the half. In second-half added time, Kane headed in from a set-piece, but goalkeeper Menyan prevented him from scoring an equaliser.


The match went to time. The second leg ended in a scoreless draw, with Milan advancing to the quarter-finals for the first time in 11 seasons on a combined score of two games. Tottenham, on the other hand, were unable to reach the last eight for the first time in three seasons, despite a last-gasp comeback at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


The draw for the quarter-finals is scheduled to take place afterwards on 17 November. The first leg of the quarter-finals will be held on 11 or 12 April and the second leg on 18 or 19 April.



Tottenham 0-0 (2 legs: 0-1) Milan.





[Starting line-up].

Tottenham (3-4-2-1)

Goalkeeper: Forster.

DF: Romero, Langlais, B. Davies.

MF: Emerson (70 mins Richarlison), Heuburg, Skip, Perisic (53 mins Polo).

FW: Krzyzewski (83 mins D Sanchez), Son; Kane.


Milan (3-4-2-1).

GK: Menyan.

DF: Carles, Chau, Tomori.

MF: J Mesias (56 mins Salemakers), Crnich, Tonari, Theo.

FW: B Dias (81 mins Benacer), Leon (89 mins Levic); Giroud (81 mins Origi).