Tottenham Hotspur Vs. AC Milan: Pato Buzzes Side Netting

This Alexandre Pato fellow is quite good, you know. The Brazilian striker just gave White Hart Lane a collective heart attack by wiggling free of the Spurs defence on the edge of the area to pick up the ball and smack in a shot on the half volley, easily beating Heurelhio Gomes and buzzing the side netting. Half the ground thought the ball was in, but fortunately for the home side it was maybe a foot wide of being the equaliser. It was a very good effort, but Milan are going to have to do better than that to level up the score and take the game to extra time.

Alexander Merkel's been very impressive since he came on, and the substitutions seem to be working pretty well for Massimiliano Allegri's side, with Milan enjoying their best spell of the half.  The atmosphere is pretty nervous as the visitors probe the home defence looking for another opening. With ten minutes to go, it's stressful times for the Tottenham defence. Peter Crouch has now been withdrawn for Roman Pavlyuchenko, presumably with the idea that the Russian's fresh legs can stretch the Milan back line.

Thirty seconds later, and Vedran Corluka is down with an ankle injury - with all three Tottenham substitutes used. Hmm.

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