Fri, Mar 11, 2011 - Page 20 News List

Toothless AC Milan fall to resolute Tottenham

‘BONUS’:Although AC Milan dominated the first half, the goalless draw made surprise contenders Tottenham the first English side through to the last eight this season

Reuters, LONDON

Spurs tactic of high balls played up to Crouch from winger Aaron Lennon, did not bring any tangible rewards even though the Milan defense struggled at times to cope with them and the London side’s best chances fell to Rafael Van der Vaart.

He poked a half-chance wide after only two minutes and sent a free kick just over Christian Abbiati’s bar.

Milan, needing just one goal to take the tie into extra time, almost achieved that in stoppage time when Robinho sent a shot fizzing just over the bar.


Reuters, GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany

Schalke 04’s Jefferson Farfan went some way to winning over fans who had labeled him a mercenary by scoring twice to send the team into the Champions League -quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Only a few months ago the 26-year-old Peruvian, who has had a rollercoaster relationship with coach Felix Magath, was desperate to leave the club and was criticized by fans after arriving late for their winter training camp in Turkey.

After the attacking midfielder struck twice to send Schalke through with a 3-1 victory over Valencia on Wednesday, and a 4-2 win on aggregate, there were no whistles or jeers from fans who had previously branded him ungrateful and a mercenary.

“Two goals. That is very good, but I am just happy the team is through, that is the most important thing,” said Farfan, who has also had his share of problems with the Peru national team from which he has been suspended in the past. “I hope I gave our fans something to smile about.”

He certainly did when he first canceled out Ricardo Costa’s lead with a curled free kick minutes before the break and with Schalke on the back foot for most of the first half.

His speed down the wing kept causing problems as the German team looked dangerous on the counter attack.

Farfan, who joined Schalke in 2008, made sure of their fourth win in four home games in the -competition this season when he chipped the ball over Valencia keeper Vicente Guaita to make it 3-1 in stoppage time after a nervy final few minutes.

“I am proud with how my players outplayed a top quality national team,” coach Magath said. “We showed we are better when we face top teams.”

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