Tottenham and Schalke advances to CL quarterfinals
Tottenham secured a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after holding AC Milan to a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.
With Spurs holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg in Milan, Harry Redknapp’s team defended well, and despite a few close calls, was able to hold out for the 1-0 aggregate win over the Rossoneri.
An error by Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes handed Milan a great chance midway through the opening half when a deflected shot from Robinho had to be cleared off the goal line by defender William Gallas.
The home side offered a bit more in attack in the second half but Gomes still had to make a good reaction save on Robinho to keep out a low shot, while Pato had a half volley skip inches past the post.
Milan’s final opportunity came in stoppage time when Robinho worked a nice one-two with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and had his shot from inside the penalty area take a slight deflection on its way over the crossbar.
Wednesday’s other match saw German side Schalke record a 3-1 win at home over Valencia, putting them through on aggregate, 4-2.
Valencia seized the lead in the 17th minute through Ricardo Costa, but Jefferson Farfan scored the first of his two goals shortly before the break to level the match.
Mario Gavranovic put Schalke ahead in the 51st minute, and Farfan killed off the game with a goal four minutes into stoppage time.