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Champions League scores: AC Milan down Tottenham in San Siro, Bayern Munich top Paris Saint-Germain in France

Tuesday began the round of 16 as Bayern Munich defeated PSG 1-0 and AC Milan rode an early goal to a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Bayern were the better team out of the gate but were unable to find a breakthrough until Joao Cancelo was withdrawn for Alphonso Davies at the half. Davies' impact was immediate, assisting Kingsley Coman's goal against his former club. Kylian Mbappe made his return from injury and almost drew PSG level but after a VAR review, his equalizing goal late was ruled out. It was a promising performance for PSG as they'll be healthier in the second leg while Bayern Munich will be without Benjamin Pavard who was sent off with a second yellow card for a foul on Messi.

For AC Milan, they kept their recent string of 1-0 victories going, riding a seventh-minute goal from Brahim Diaz to victory despite Tottenham creating some chances during the match. Eric Dier will miss the second leg of this tie due to yellow card accumulation.

Tuesday's results

  • Paris Saint-Germain 0, Bayern Munich 1
  • AC Milan 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0

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Tottenham continues to walk a tightrope 

This was a match that summed up Tottenham's season quite well. Quite a lot of good during the match but the team can't recover from one defensive breakdown within the first 15 minutes. Diaz's headed goal was preventable but when Cristian Romero is being beaten in the air by a left-back in Theo Hernandez, no one can be there to back him up and prevent that. Fraser Forester did his best to parry Hernandez's effort at goal but it went right into the path of Diaz and that was it for the match. 

When Spurs have been a team allowing multiple goals in the first half, this was actually an improvement thanks to Emerson Royal's inclusion but given the early goal, Milan's defense was ready. Hernandez is usually lauded for his attacking contributions but defensively he and Malick Thiaw kept Dejan Kulusevski in check, stopping Spurs' attack. Milan's defense has struggled lately but this is another match showing that Stefano Pioli is making the proper adjustments to fix that. 

Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, and Kulusevski were held to two shots with none testing Ciprian Tatarusanu in the net. While it's simple that if your top three attackers can't shoot you can't score, stopping those three is easier said than done. Spurs lacked creativity from midfield with Oliver Skipp and Pape Sarr starting the match but the duo isn't where things fell apart as this is another contest that leads to questions of if Conte's standard approach to a match can be stale at times.

It would've been a good time to start Arnut Danjuma and drop Kane into a creative position as a 10 behind the two attackers making things easier on the midfield. While Son has eight goals and three assists this season in all competitions, they've all come in six of the 30 matches that he has featured in. For someone who has been one of Spurs' most consistent attackers over the years, that's not good enough and it isn't as if what Son offers from set play delivery isn't replaceable with Ivan Perisic able to take over those as well. 

To turn things around, Conte can learn something from his counterpart in Pioli that sometimes tough decisions must be made to jolt his team into improving. If benching Son is what it takes to get the attack going, the time is now before the season slips away and not only does Conte walk but Kane also declines to sign a contract as well.

Was it too soon to crown Bayern as being back?

Coming into the match, with PSG's recent performances compared to Bayern's, a comprehensive victory was expected for the Germans. And while Julian Naglesmann's side did win, a lot of the issues from pre-Cancelo Bayern lingered. Saved by two goals being ruled offside for PSG, Bayern didn't have an answer for Mbappe and Nuno Mendes in the second half and Cancelo didn't do enough in the first half to take advantage of PSG's defensive frailty.

It was a match that shows that it's different rolling over Mainz, Wolfsburg, and Bochum compared to facing PSG, who are a completely different team with and without Mbappe. Bayern have to be able to take their chances with confidence and turn xG advantages to actual advantages on the scoresheet. While they did that on Tuesday winning the xG battle 1.22 to 0.98, it doesn't feel like they did enough when PSG can take the confidence from the second half right into the second leg in Germany with a healthy Mbappe.

Defense is also an area where Bayern don't have depth and they'll be without Pavard for the second leg. Missing a starting defender and only having a one-goal advantage, this is a victory that feels like a draw at best. Naglesmann has to figure out a balance between defending and attacking because it's safe to expect PSG to come out swinging in the second leg.

Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry have been large parts of Bayern's success this season but neither stood out in the match when they were needed most. Jamal Musiala can only do so much on his own and this Champions League tie is a defining one for Naglesmann who has been on and off the hot seat during the season. There's a very real possibility that Bayen both fall out of Champions League and fail to win the Bundesliga this season with Union Berlin and Borussia Dortmund both within three points of them. In the eyes of a club where winning the league is expected, that would be catastrophic.

PSG were in the midst of their own crisis prior to this tie but as long as they have a healthy Mbappe, anything is possible.

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The second legs of these ties should be more open

Only two goals were scored in the return of Champions League play but the games ended up be quite open. Kingsly Coman saw Bayen through with a  goal versus his old club but PSG had two goals disallowed due to offside but the team was better when Mbappe entered. 

In the other tie, AC Milan needed more goals to feel comfortable heading to London for the second leg but their second consecutive clean sheet is something to be happy about. But when Tottenham's defense was there for the taking, Milan could regret not securing a larger advantage.

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There goes Benjamin Pavard

Walking a tight rope all match, he has now been sent off for his tackle on Messi. Bayern will now look to hold on while PSG throw men forward for an equalizer but Pavard will be suspended for the second leg in Germany.

February 14, 2023, 9:54 PM
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Tottenham has settled to going for long range attempts

Despite getting possession of the ball, it doesn't feel like Tottenham will be cohesive enough to close things out with a goal despite AC Milan being there for the taking.

February 14, 2023, 9:48 PM
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Mbappe can't catch a break

Again the ball is in the back of the net following an excellent cross from Nuno Mendes but after a VAR review, Mbappe's goal is disallowed. Bayern are being let off the hook left and right in this second half.

February 14, 2023, 9:45 PM
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Just off for Mbappe

PSG had the ball in the back of the net but it won't count. Then Sommer had a great save to deny them again, an excellent finish is coming to this match.

February 14, 2023, 9:39 PM
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Richarlison enters for Spurs 

Not Dejan Kulusevski's greatest day as he's withdrawn to make the change. Tottenham has plenty of time to find an equalizer in this one as they've been controlling the match as of late.

February 14, 2023, 9:33 PM
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Rewingind to Coman's goal

February 14, 2023, 9:27 PM
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With that yellow, Eric Dier is now suspended

Tottenham are already thin enough to now lose a central defender for the next leg of this tie.

February 14, 2023, 9:26 PM
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Will Tatarusanu finish the meatch? 

After an injury scare, he hasn't looked comfortable defending oncoming corner kicks from Tottenham. With things so close, if he's not at 100% he may have to be withdrawn.

February 14, 2023, 9:25 PM
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Almost for Bayern 

Looking to double their lead, Chupo-Moting fired a shot off of the bar that was eventually put out for a corner kick. 

February 14, 2023, 9:24 PM
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Mbappe is in

Could he push PSG to victory in the match? All of their stars are now here to close the match out. Carlos Soler was withdrawn for Mbappe's introduction.

February 14, 2023, 9:20 PM
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It's an instant impact for Davies!

After Sommer was bailed out, Alphonso Davies floats a cross into the box that Coman finishes and Bayern are now ahead 55 minutes into the match.

February 14, 2023, 9:16 PM
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Hakimi withdrawn at the half for PSG

Kimpembe has replaced him in the lineup a he could be injured with Joao Cancelo also leaving the match for Alphonso Davies on the Bayern side.

February 14, 2023, 9:15 PM
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We've reached the half in both matches

AC Milan 1, Tottenham 0
PSG 0, Bayern 0

Milan has been the better side but not by much as their defense is allowing Spurs to have far too many chances to be comfortable. The buildup has been tough for Conte's side with Skipp and Sarr in the lineup so at some point, he may need to risk things and introduce Pedro Porro into the match. 

Bayern are in a weird spot as they've dominated at times but have nothing to show for it. With the second half threat of a Mbappe introduction, things will need to pick up quickly in the match or things will shift in PSG's favor as the team should be healthier in the second leg.

February 14, 2023, 8:59 PM
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Milan are lucky to not concede

Son forced Tatarusanu into a save and Kane's follow up was close to crossing the line. It's a delicate lead but after Milan's opening goal, Spurs have been able to get t their attack going. With adjustments, we could be in for an excellent second half.

February 14, 2023, 8:48 PM
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A great run from Messi but it's cleaned up

An excellent clearance form Bayern's defense to stop Messi in his tracks as PSG are finding their feet. Still only one shot on target through 38 minutes by either side.

February 14, 2023, 8:40 PM
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Emerson Royal has Tottenham's best chance of the game so far

It was saved by the keeper but the right back now has one of Spurs' only two shots on target in the match. Neither tie has had much going on in the first half so far as 30 minutes have passed.

February 14, 2023, 8:33 PM
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Spurs win another corner 

Son plays a good lofted ball from a free kick but can only turn it into a corner kick. While that was cleared, Spurs have recovered well after conceding the opening goal.

February 14, 2023, 8:27 PM
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Are PSG even in the game?

So far, Bayen are dominating the early proceedings in the match. Holding 68% of possession, the German side has yet to put a shot on target but that will change before long. Mbappe may not be fully healthy but Messi and Neymar aren't causing enough trouble in attack and he may be needed healthy or not.

February 14, 2023, 8:20 PM
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Milan needs to be careful

Despite them having the early lead, Spurs have found joy in attack they just can't find the finishing touch. With Kane and Son in attack, if you give Spurs space, they will make you pay so this match is far from over.

February 14, 2023, 8:16 PM
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Quite a start for Milan

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AC Milan strike first

Again the left hand side opens up as Romero is beaten and Brahim Diaz's second effort beats Foster after a good save on Theo Hernadez's initial effort. This game has already been quite open.

February 14, 2023, 8:10 PM
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All Bayern attack

PSG can't even get a touch in as the entire match is being played in their half of the pitch. Joao Cancelo has been orchestrating the attack but it has yet to lead to a goal.

February 14, 2023, 8:08 PM
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Despite the inexperience from their midfield, Spurs seem to bee up for it

AC Milan are pushing the pace but Spurs have been able to absorb that and break onto the counter attack. With Milan's defensive struggles, this isn't a great start as if they go behind early it could get out of hand.

February 14, 2023, 8:06 PM
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Five minutes until kickoff

Strap in for what should be some exciting matches!

February 14, 2023, 7:54 PM
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Records broken left and right 

16-year-old Warren Zaïre-Emery starts for PSG, becoming the youngest starter in UCL knockout history. He also scored for PSG against Monaco over the weekend as the only bright spot in a disappointing loss.

February 14, 2023, 7:43 PM
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Tuesday's broadcast schedule

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February 14, 2023, 7:33 PM
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Pedro Porro may not be starting but Theo Hernandez will be someone to watch in today's match 

The team has more things to watch out for in today's matches but Hernandez could make the difference.

After a difficult start of the year, right-back Theo Hernandez has proven again to be one of the best players in his role, providing a nice assist to Olivier Giroud in Friday's clash against Torino. He will play in the same area as Tottenham's Pedro Porro, who was, to put it mildly, not at his best against Leicester City Saturday in his debut in a 4-1 loss and definitely needs to react. Their performances will likely tell us in which direction the game will go on Tuesday. -Francesco Porzio

February 14, 2023, 7:33 PM
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PSG vs. Bayern lineups

Messi is fit while Mbappe is on the bench but Alphonso Davies and Serge Gnabry will start the match on the bench.

PSG Starters: Donnarumma; Pereira; Marquinhos; Ramos; Hakimi; Zaire-Emery; Verratti; Soler; Mendes; Messi; Neymar

Reserves: Kimpembe; Mbappe; Ruiz; Bernat; Rico; Vitinha; Pembele; Bitshiabu; Gharbi; Ekitike; Letellier

Bayern Starters: Sommer; Cancelo; de Ligt; Upamecano; Pavard; Goretzka; Kimmich; Coman; Musilala; Sane; Chupo-Moting

Reserves: Gnabry; Davies; Sarr; Blind; Muller; Ulreich; Schenk; Gravenberch; Tel; Stanisic; Ibrahimovic

February 14, 2023, 7:24 PM
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AC Milan vs. Tottenham lineups

Theo Hernandez has passed fit while Simon Kjaer also returns to the starting XI while Oliver Skipp and Pape Sarr will start in midfield for a shorthanded Spurs squad.

Milan starters: Tatarusanu; Kalulu; Thiaw; Kjaer; Saelemaekers; Tonali; Kruncic; Herandez; Diaz; Leao; Giroud

Reserves: Mirante; Nava; Calabria; Ballo; Gabbia; Pobega;De Ketelaere; Rebic; Origi; Messias

Tottenham starters: Forster; Lenglet; Dier; Romero; Perisic; Sarr; Skipp; Royal; Son; Kulusevski; Kane

Reserves: Austin; Whiteman; Sanchez; Tanganga; Davies; Porro; Moura; Devine; Richarlison; Danjuma

February 14, 2023, 7:05 PM
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