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It's advantage Tottenham

PARIS: Tottenham's dream European adventure continued at the San Siro on Tuesday night as Peter Crouch grabbed the only goal in a 1-0 victory over AC Milan.

Crouch struck 10 minutes from time on a lightning counter-attack in a half otherwise dominated by the host.

It puts the English side in a strong position ahead of the second leg at what will surely be a white hot White Hart Lane in three weeks time.

The visitors opened up after just five minutes with a fine move as a long cross from Vedran Corluka found Crouch, who controlled the ball on his chest but then slipped at the crucial moment and was crowded by Gennaro Gattuso before firing off a rushed shot.

On 11 minutes, another great move from Spurs saw Corluka put Aaron Lennon in behind Luca Antonini but Christian Abbiati dived out to punch his cross off Crouch's head.

Milan finally threatened on 50 minutes as Gattuso stood the ball up and Mario Yepes met it with a bullet header that Gomes saved brilliantly with one hand.

Mathieu Flamini was then very lucky to stay on the field for a horror two-footed lunge with studs showing on Corluka, receiving only a yellow card.

Spurs then hit Milan with a rapier counter-attack as substitute Luca Modric sent Lennon scampering away and he skinned Yepes, who tried in vain to bring him down, before squaring for Crouch to slot into an unguarded net.

In another match, Veteran Spain striker Raul Gonzalez enjoyed a successful return to his homeland scoring a vital equaliser as Schalke managed a 1-1 first leg draw against Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium on Tuesday.

Gattuso in trouble

Meanwhile, European football governing body UEFA announced on Wednesday it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Gennaro Gattuso after he head-butted Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan.

The results:

AC Milan 0 lost to Tottenham 1 (Crouch 80); Valencia 1 (Soldado 17) drew with Schalke 1 (Raul 64). — Agencies

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