Written by: Taylor Misun
Minneapolis, MN – In front of a crowd of 31,264 on Tuesday night. The Tottenham Hotspur defeated AC Milan 1-0. With the win, the Spurs brought their win total to 3 out of 5 meetings all-time against Milan. The other two games were decided in draws.
Despite the domination from Tottenham, the best scoring chances in the first half were by Milan. There were numerous times when Milan would just barely miss the ball. The ball would then, just barely sail wide of the net. Milan finally forced Hotspur Goalkeeper Michel Vorm to make an enormous save midway through the first half. That save brought the crowd at US Bank Stadium to its feet.
The stats really tell the story about the first half. Milan had 8 shots, but only two made it on target. Six of those shots came from inside the box. Passing stats were pretty equal in the first half, with Tottenham making 298 passes with a passing accuracy of 88%. Milan made 214 passes, with a passing accuracy of 84%.
Early into the second half. Tottenham capitalized on an AC Milan mistake and netted what would be the only goal scored. On the play, Milan tried crossing the ball across their box, hwoever, it was intercepted by Georges-Kevin Nkoudou who wasted no time putting the ball in the top corner of the near post. Milan made one final push towards the end, but their shot sailed wide. Both teams in the second half, made a lot of substitutions, which allowed younger players to get valuable game experience.
In his postgame conference, AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said about the error that cost them a goal, “We need to be able to construct the play better”. Overall Gattuso was happy with the performance of his young players. He said, “Good things happened and overall a positive balance”.
AC Milan has one more matchup left in the United States. On August 4th, they will face off against Barcelona. So far Milan is 0-2 on their trip around the United States. It would be a great confidence boost for their young players to secure a win.