Tottenham Hotspur picked up a valuable one-goal lead in the first leg of their EUFA Cup semi-final against AC Milan on Wednesday.
Tottenham Hotspur picked up a valuable one-goal lead in the first leg of their EUFA Cup semi-final against AC Milan on Wednesday. The Italians went ahead early in the game through Benetti, but Spurs replied with two fine goals from Steve Perryman.
The Londoners were led by Alan Mullery, returning to Spurs after a month on load to second-division Fulham. Mullery was allowed to play after EUFA officials confirmed there was no rule under which he should be disqualified.
AC was captained by Italian international star Gianni Rivera. In defence for Milan was West Germany's veteran of four World Cups Schnellinger.
This film, recorded from the British Broadcasting Corporation, has running commentary by Barry Davis. An alternative written commentary appears overpage.
SYNOPSIS: The semi-final round of the EUFA Cup opened on Wednesday, and in London, Tottenham Hotspur, in the white shirt made most of the running against AC Milan in the first leg.
The Italians took the lead after 25 minutes. A long drive drom skipper Rivers was handed out by Naylor - straight to the feet of Benetti..... (PAUSE) .......and Benetti's fine shot won him his third goal in the EUFA tournament.
Spurs, however, were most often in possession, with Knowles always dangerous on the left. His cross was headed to Chivers. Peters couldn't reach the short pass but Steve Perryman did.....(PAUSE)......and his goal put Spurs level with AC Milan at 32 minutes.
The second half, and once again it was mainly Spurs who had the ball and provided the excitement for the 42-thousand crowd at White Hart Lane. The Italians had moments of inspiration but little consistency.
Tottenham's big moment came just after the hour, following a corner by Alan Mullery. A defender headed out, and there was Steve Perryman again, with a sizzling shot from well outside the area.
It was a great moment for Spurs' hopes in the Cup competition. There were more thrills to come, but no more goals so Spurs go to Milan for the second leg with a valuable one-goal lead.