Tottenham earned a memorable first-leg win at AC Milan to give themselves the upper hand in their last-16 Champions League tie against the Serie A leaders.

 

Peter Crouch stroked in the winner after 80 minutes from a pass by Aaron Lennon, who had led a blistering Spurs counter-attack.

Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes had twice kept his side level with two superb saves from Mario Yepes headers.

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a late goal disallowed for Milan as Spurs held on.

 

The match was marred by a touchline fracas when Milan’s combative midfielder, Gennaro Gattuso, headbutted Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan after the final whistle.

 

Gattuso had already been in an altercation with Jordan, seemingly shoving him in the face close to the Spurs dug-out when they clashed during the game and the Italian continued his battle after the match.

 

The result would not have helped the combustible Italian’s temper, in addition to the AC Milan captain picking up a yellow card which rules him out of the return leg, as his side were made to look second best for most of the game at a rain-soaked San Siro.

 

A touch of nerves from Spurs almost let Milan back into the game but, after Robinho’s far-post shot had been diverted wide,

 

Ibrahimovic was rightly punished for pushing Michael Dawson before guiding in a shot with his back to goal.

 

The aim of Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was to make sure his side were still in the tie going into the return leg at White Hart Lane but his players did so much more.