Tottenham’s superb display against a poor AC Milan side will sadly be remembered more for Gennaro Gatuso’s disgraceful behaviour than the fantastic Spurs performance.
From the first to last minute Gattuso backed into Peter Crouch, talked back to the ref, brandished imaginary yellow cards and then in the melee that followed Famini’s awful two footed lunge in Corluka, got in an argument with Joe Jordan.
The Spurs assistant manager went head to head with the Italian pit bull, and right in front of the linesman, Gattuso pushed him away by the neck.
More late tackles followed, and Gattuso had still somehow avoided a booking, despite the fact he should have been sent off several times over.
Eventually a well timed tackle earned him a yellow card, ironic really that the one useful thing he did all night got him the booking that kept him out of the second leg.
Not that it well matter one bit. At the final whistle Gattuso once more went head to head with Jordan, this time head butting him and he can expect to receive a lengthily UEFA ban.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp joined Sky’s pundits after the game and called for UEFA to do something about both the head butt, and Flamini’s horrific lunge, which left Corluka lucky to not have a broken leg.
The lunge earned the former Arsenal man only a yellow, and UEFAs rules that if the referee saw the incident and only deemed it a yellow they must stick by that decision may save the Milan player from further repercussions.
Gattuso apologised once he had calmed down, telling reporters, “I lost control, There is no excuse for what I have done. I take my responsibilities for that.
“I was nervous. I didn’t want to argue with players and I did it with him, but I was wrong to do what I have done.”
At the end of the day it was a compliment to Tottenham, that having dominated the first half, Milan chose to play dirty in an attempt to level the playing field.
In the end Lennon’s fantastic run and Crouches finish left Spurs 1-0 winners and they will go back to White Hart Lane for the second leg confident they can finish the job.