Last Updated: 09/03/11 9:35pm
The final whistle blows! Spurs have held on against a vastly-improved Milan side to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. "Are you watching, Arsenal?" is the chant echoing around an ecstatic White Hart Lane.
Spurs win a corner, and that should be that. Tottenham are heading to the last eight of the Champions League.
Wonderful give and go between Robinho and Ibrahimovic ends with the former flashing a shot goalwards that spins over the bar via a last-ditch Spurs challenge. Corner kick.
Pato goes for goal from 35 yards and never threatens the target. Roars of relief from the home fans who launch into a loud but nervous chorus of "Super Tottenham".
Pavlyuchenko's persistence wins Spurs a throw on the left. Nesta wanted a foul, but doesn't get it. Good work from the Spurs sub.
No sooner do Spurs make their final substitution than Corluka goes down clutching his ankle after being bundled over by Pato. He's gingerly back to his feet and will carry on.
Spurs defending deeper and deeper and deeper. The bus is parked. After all their swashbuckling in the tournament so far, ten minutes of stout defiance is the order of the night now.
Decent spell of possession for Spurs on the left, but Bale is clearly nowhere near fit. Couple of times when he would normally have put his head down and run he checks back.
So close! Merkel tees up Pato who gets his shot away in a flash and fizzes it just wide of the upright with Gomes beaten. Some of the Milan fans thought that was in as the side-netting rippled.
Not for the first time tonight, Sandro makes the vital interception to clear the danger for Spurs. Been superb in both legs of this tie.
Into the last 15 minutes, and as things stand Spurs are heading through. These minutes are going to tick by so slowly now for the home fans.
Antonini charges down Lennon's cross. Hits him on the elbow, Spurs appeal for a penalty, but there was so little distance between the players it would've been harsh. Certainly no intent.
Bale gets on the ball for the first time out on the left, but he can't shake off the attentions of three Milan players.
Spurs try to work the free-kick to Lennon, but Seedorf anticipates the plan and makes a timely interception. Nice idea from Spurs, and it almost came off.
Antonini replaces Jankulovski for Milan; Jenas replaces Pienaar for Spurs, who have a free-kick out on the right.
Pienaar gets in a cross from the right, but Milan are well aware of the Crouch-to-the-back-post tactic now and deal with it easily enough.
Bale comes on in place of Van der Vaart, who has looked like a player coming back from a few weeks out tonight. Not at his best.
Another brainwave from Gomes puts Spurs under pressure, as he throws the ball straight back to Milan. Pato's shot is half-saved by Gomes who tries to scramble the ball away and is relieved to see Robinho scuff the ball wide.
Public enemy number one Flamini picks up a caution for another dangerous lunge. Assou-Ekotto the player on the receiving end this time. White Hart Lane not happy with foul or punishment, but it was nowhere near as bad as the hack on Corluka in the San Siro.
Spurs try to work something on the left through Pienaar, Modric and Assou-Ekotto but there's no way through.
Sandro gives the ball away to Robinho in a dangerous area, and he tees up Pato. His shot deflects into the path of Ibrahimovic who is as far offside here as Assou-Ekotto was onside moments earlier.
Crouch tries to make something of an unhelpful long punt from Corluka and is penalised for a foul on Nesta.
Astonishing decision from the linesman, flagging Assou-Ekotto offside when Thiago Silva in the centre was playing the Spurs left-back onside by a couple of yards. Shame; Spurs had worked a decent position there.
Lennon just starting to get a bit more joy since the break. Again he's looking for Crouch, but Seedorf intercepts. The ball seemed to hit Seedorf's hand after his initial control with the thigh, but only a corner is given despite the official behind the goalline being very close to the incident. Certainly more in that one than the Thiago Silva one a few minutes earlier.
Another cross from Lennon on the right, and Crouch (who else?) does well to keep the ball in the danger area, but Modric can't get there.
Crouch gets on the end of another cross but can't do anything more than guide the ball to Abbiati. Spurs a bit one-dimensional going forward tonight.
Bale still warming up on the touchline, as he has been for much of the night. Fascinating to see how long Redknapp is prepared to risk him for tonight.
Van der Vaart's cross finds Crouch, but he's penalised for climbing on Seedorf before knocking the ball down for the run of Pienaar. The deep cross to Crouch at the far post remains very much Spurs' Plan A tonight.
Pato's shot is blocked by Dawson, and Flamini drags his follow-up effort wide. Nice run from Pato to create that chance.
Lennon gets one-on-one with Jankulovski for once and gets past him to cross. But the ball never reaches Crouch at the back post.
Lennon jinks into the penalty area but is denied by Thiago Silva. Optimistic shouts for handball from the Paxton Road faithful go unheard. The ball did bounce up and strike the defender's hand, but there was no intention. That would've been unbelievably harsh.
Lennon sets off on a break for Spurs, but he's brought down by a sliding Jankulovski who becomes the first player to have his name taken by the referee. Cynical foul, and it might just curb his forward forays.
Another good overlapping run from Abate is picked out by Robinho, but the low cross is cleared by Sandro.
Glorious chance for Spurs in the opening minute of the half. Wonderful left-footed cross from Lennon finds Crouch in space at the back post, but he makes a complete mess of his header as he gets caught between going for goal or teeing up Van der Vaart. Should've gone all out for goal there.
"Bring on Bale & Defoe, their quick feet are sorely missed here," demands Paul Miller (not the Paul Miller?) "Can see a couple of goals here in the second half one for each side."
Tense times for Andy, who's halfway to nailing his 0-0 prediction. The 7-1 shout looks to be in trouble.
"Now's the time to bring on Bale!" says Chas. "Spurs need to be using both flanks to open up Milan." The 30,000 fans chanting his name inside White Hart Lane appear to concur.
The half-time whistle blows to give Spurs' players and fans alike a 15-minute breather on what now looks like being a nervy old night at the Lane. Spurs still have their 1-0 advantage. But only just.
Assou-Ekotto's clearance arcs out of play as the added minute elapses. Throw to Milan, but doubtful they'll have time to take it.
Lennon has two for company as he tries to find room for a cross on the right, and is tackled by Jankulovski. Looked like the ball ricocheted out off the Spurs man, but it's a throw-in to the home side.
Superb defending by Gallas to ease Pato off the ball and then instigate a Spurs break. Van der Vaart finds himself isolated, though, and the attack comes to nothing. Spurs will be happy to hear the half-time whistle here.
Not for the first time tonight, Sandro fouls Boateng. The Brazil international urged to calm down by the referee.
Abate digs out a great cross from the right that Gomes claws away from under his crossbar. Ibrahimovic picks up the loose ball and tees up Boateng, but his shot is blocked.
Gallas on the stretch to prevent Ibrahimovic teeing up Pato. Not quite one-way traffic, but no doubt which team is making more of the running.
Three white shirts and no red-and-black ones contest Abate's cross and don't deal with it as safely and effectively as they could've done. Milan throw right in the corner.
Pienaar finds Van der Vaart in space, but his cross intended for Crouch is well met by Thiago Silva. Crouch then penalised for barging into the defender.
Decent hit by Van der Vaart 25 yards from goal, but Abbiati gets everything behind it and gathers safely.
Modric's cross to the far post is knocked down to Pienaar by that man Crouch, but the South African can't bring the ball under control.
Long, controlled spell of possession for Milan ends with Corluka making an interception and getting the ball away to Pienaar, but he's not on the same wavelength as Van der Vaart and the move breaks down.
Lovely move from Milan ends with Ibrahimovic slipping in Pato, whose shot from a tight angle is parried by Gomes and hacked clear by Assou-Ekotto. This quick-moving, incisive Milan side a world away from the soporific one-paced outfit we saw three weeks ago.
Van der Vaart's effort from the free-kick never quite has enough dip to get back under the crossbar and flicks the roof of the net. Abbiati probably had it covered anyway.
Ibrahimovic blazes the free-kick high over the bar. Still rising when it hits the Paxton Road upper tier.
Robinho goes down theatrically holding his face after being caught by Sandro. Over-the-top reaction, but a clear foul and yet another set-piece chance for Milan. Spurs really under the cosh here.
Lucky escape for Spurs. Gomes comes flying off his line and is beaten to the ball by Pato. He rounds the Spurs keeper and plays the ball back across goal for Robinho, whose scuffed shot is hacked off the line by Gallas.
Abate's marauding run down the right creates another good situation for Milan, but when the cross eventually comes in from Pato Dawson is on hand to head clear.
Robinho turns and shoots on the edge of the box but skews his effort high and wide. Visitors are on top here.
Crouch clears the original free-kick, but Milan soon break again through Robinho on the right. He squares the ball for Pato, whose shot is blocked.
Nesta in all sorts of trouble contesting a high ball with Crouch, but the referee gives a foul for minimal contact from the big striker, who then turns and fires the ball goalwards. Robin van Persie will be interested to note no card was shown.
Spurs' corner is cleared and Milan have the chance to break but they make a mess of it and Assou-Ekotto regains possession for Spurs.
Crouch again the target for a deep cross, but Nesta heads it out to van der Vaart. He volleys goalwards, and the ball spins behind for a corner off a Milan leg.
Van der Vaart finds himself crowded out in midfield, but keeps the ball with some nimble footwork before successfully drawing a foul.
Pienaar's cross from deep is nodded across goal by Crouch, but he can't find Van der Vaart. Spurs appeal for a corner, but a goal-kick is given.
Modric gives the ball away in a promising position, but the Milan counter is well snuffed out by Sandro.
Pato's corner is aimed at Boateng, who is penalised for climbing on the back of the Spurs defenders. Bright start from Milan, though. They've had the better of the opening exchanges.
Fine strike from Ibrahimovic, but Gomes is quickly across his goal to beat the ball behind for a corner.
Nervy stuff from Spurs as Gomes is given two horrible backpasses to deal with in quick succession. His sliced clearance from the second finds Boateng, who is fouled by Sandro. Free-kick 30 yards from goal on the left.
Pato whips the free-kick in low and Sandro clears, An offside flag goes up against Jankulovski as the ball is helped forward. Marginal call that - looks level on the replays. The pass was intercepted anyway.
Assou-Ekotto clumsily hauls down Robinho to concede a dangerous free-kick wide on the right for Milan.
Good reading of the game from Thiago Silva as he comes across to intercept Corluka's pass for Lennon.
Flamini on the ball for the first time, and met by the inevitable chorus of boos. Good spell of possession for Milan, though, which comes to a disappointing end as Jankulovski puts his cross onto the roof of the net.
Robinho and Pato look to plot a course through the Spurs defence, but Dawson gets a foot in to clear.
Crouch almost nods Assou-Ekotto's cross into the path of Van der Vaart, but Milan get the ball back and break at pace. Sandro gets a vital foot in to snuff out the threat, but another warning for Spurs. The home side certainly not sitting on their 1-0 lead here...
Breathless start to the game here. Pato breaks down the left and fizzes a dangerous ball across the Spurs six-yard line, but there's no-one in red and black to apply the finishing touch.
Modric finds Lennon in acres on the right. his floated cross to the back post is nodded back across goal by Crouch, but Abbiati gets to the ball before Van der Vaart. Crouch felt he was being held, Abbiati felt he got a kick. Temperatures rising already.
Wonderful ball from Seedorf to pick out Ibrahimovic, who brings the ball down on his chest but can't prevent Dawson getting a foot in to turn the ball behind for a corner. Warning for Spurs, though. Milan prepared to be direct here.
First chance for Spurs. Pienaar cuts in from the left and picks out Van der Vaart in space 20 yards from goal, but he stabs his shot wide of the target after a slightly slack first touch.
Interesting - I think that's the word - prediction from Chris Black. "Crouch first half hat-trick. Rafa two. Lennon & Bale the others in 7-1 win to send shock waves to Barcelona."
Predictably, there's a sensational atmosphere within the Lane. Kick-off less than five minutes away now.
Nice detailed analysis from Chas: "Spurs need to be wary tonight. Even though Milan have to win, I see them sitting back as they know Spurs will be at full throttle, and will try and hit back on the counter. Tonight, all departments have to be on their game. The defence just cannot let Milan grab a quick goal as that will deflate morale and I can see an implosion. On the other hand if Spurs get ahead early and still keep the pressure on, they have a chance. Set pieces are Spurs' Achilles heel, so we need the whole team behind the ball supporting the centre backs. This is where Milan are dangerous. Spurs may be ahead at 'half-time' on a two leg game, but they need to be sharp in all departments tonight to stand any chance of getting through."
Cliche alert: you all know it, but I'm going to say it anyway. First goal so important tonight. If Spurs get it, it's all good. If Milan get it, this will get terribly nervy. Tottenham have generally been good for an early WHL goal in the Champions League this term, obliging within 20 minutes three times out of four so far.
"Gutted to see Bale on the bench when he looked so good against Wolves on the weekend," says Tom from Toronto. "He had better be in some serious pain..." Suspect we'll see him second half.
I return from a pre-match comfort break to find there's still only one of you predicting 0-0. Well done to Andy Bell: "It will be a poor game with AC threatening towards the end." That scoreline is currently outvoted by, among others, 4-4, 5-3, 3-4, 6-2 and even 5-5.
"Milan's marvellous three-pronged attack of Robinho, Pata and Ibrahimovic will surely be sight to behold," says Josh. "Considering Spurs' defence frailties and Milan's lack of pace at the back I'm sure this game will not be let down in the goals department! 4-2 to Tottenham on the night!" Is there no-one going for the tense 0-0?
Paul Huff from Accrington: "I can see Tottenham winning by a big score today. AC aren't any better than when Man United beat them 4-0 the other year in the home leg, and Tottenham are really up for Europe this year. 5-0 Tottenham, Van Der Vaart hatrick, one for Bale and one for Defoe." Blimey.
"Envious Liverpool fan" Paul: "Very bold statement from Milan with that terrific trio up front. Think this might be a tougher night than some Spurs fans think, Milan look like they're going to fight fire with fire, can't wait for the action."
Arsenal fan Ash is hoping for a Spurs win tonight, and predicts a cracker: "4-3 Spurs win. Van Der Vaart brace."
The appropriately-named Harry makes his prediction: "For me it will be fast fllowing and attacking game to watch. I think Spurs will win 2-1 on the night so 3-1 on aggregate. Also really hoping the Toffees get a important win at home to Birmingham tonight."
Full team news is in. Rafael van der Vaart is fit to start for Spurs, as is Vedran Corluka after being on the wrong end of Mathieu Flamini's reducer in Milan three weeks ago. Alongside Bale on the Spurs bench is Ledley King. Former Spur Kevin Prince Boateng starts in an attack-minded Milan side boasting a front three of Pato, Robinho and Ibrahimovic.
Tottenham: Gomes; Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Pienaar; Van der Vaart; Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Bale, Hutton, King, Jenas, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko.
AC Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Jankulovski; Boateng, Flamini, Seedorf; Pato, Ibrahimovic, Robinho. Subs: Amelia, Strasser, Papastathopoulos, Oddo, Merkel, Yepes, Antonini.
Early team news reaching us, and it's bad news for Spurs: Gareth Bale is only fit enough for a spot on the bench. Full team news to follow shortly.