Champions League 2022-23, AC Milan edge past Spurs: Key stats
AC Milan overcame Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg encounter at the San Siro. Brahmin Diaz scored an early goal for Milan in the 7th minute and that was the difference in the end. Spurs lacked bite and couldn't offer anything significant in the second half to stage a comeback. Milan take an important 1-0 lead to London.
Here are the match stats
Spurs had 12 attempts with three shots being on target. Milan produced four shots on target from nine attempts. Spurs had more of the ball, clocking 53% ball possession. Both teams had a pass accuracy of 79%. Spurs earned 8 corners.
Key records scripted in the match
As per Squawka, Spurs are the first English side to lose four Champions League knockout stage games in a row since Arsenal between 2016 and 2017. Spurs have failed to score a goal in any of those games. Harry Kane lost possession 24 times in the match versus Milan (highest). AC Milan have beaten Tottenham in Europe for the first time (D2 L2).
Records smashed by Diaz
As per Opta, Díaz (23 years and 195 days) is now the youngest player to score for Milan in a Champions League knockout game since Kaka in March 2004 (21y 336d). After 6 minutes and 24 seconds, Diaz has scored the fastest goal for Milan in a Champions League knockout game since Ronaldinho against Manchester United in February 2010 (2 minutes and 11 seconds).
How did the match pan out?
Diaz scored early after Spurs goalkeeper Fraser Forster had saved a Theo Hernandez shot and also got a hand on Diaz's initial follow-up attempt. Spurs looked relatively comfortable for long periods of the contest and a youthful pairing of Pape Sarr and Oliver Skipp deputized ably for the suspended Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and the injured Rodrigo Bentancur in midfield. However, Spurs lacked finesse going forward.