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Spurs draw just enough to see off Milan

Tottenham survived what was an evening of gripping tension to overcome Serie A leaders AC Milan and get to the Uefa Champions League’s last eight.

The Italians forced the north Londoners into dogged rearguard action for lengthy spells to protect their slender lead, handed to them by Peter Crouch’s goal in first leg at the San Siro. Amusingly for them, they ensured success where their arch-rivals Arsenal failed just 24 hours before.

Despite having their nerves tested, especially during the first half, which was dominated by the visitors, Spurs demonstrated that they now have a streak of resilience in a defence capable of matching the verve that characterises most of their games, such as those that came earlier in their Champions League run.

Milan, who had ageless master Clarence Seedorf outstandingly pulling the strings for them, laid siege to Spurs’ goal during the first half. Heurelho Gomes saved efforts from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his Brazilian Pato, while William Gallas managed to keep Milan at bay with what was a more than priceless goal-line clearance against a deflected shot by Robinho.

The Premier League hosts improved after half time but it was still the Red and Blacks providing the threat, with Pato again coming close to forcing the match into extra time while the home fans saw the clock counting down and ticking away with increasing anxiety.

Once the referee blew for full time, White Hart Lane exploded as scenes of jubilation spread across it to mark another glorious night glorious night.

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