Last Updated at 9:35 pm, March 9th 2011
The hard-working Crouch makes way for Pavlyuchenko for the closing minutes.
Merkel replaces Boateng for Milan.
Antonini replaces Jankulovski for Milan; Jenas replaces Pienaar for Spurs, who have a free-kick out on the right.
Bale comes on in place of Van der Vaart, who has looked like a player coming back from a few weeks out tonight. Not at his best.
Pato charges down the free-kick, and gets booked for not being 10 yards back.
Public enemy number one Flamini picks up a caution for another dangerous lunge. Assou-Ekotto the player on the receiving end this time. White Hart Lane not happy with foul or punishment, but it was nowhere near as bad as the hack on Corluka in the San Siro.
Lennon sets off on a break for Spurs, but he's brought down by a sliding Jankulovski who becomes the first player to have his name taken by the referee. Cynical foul, and it might just curb his forward forays.
"Bring on Bale & Defoe, their quick feet are sorely missed here," demands Paul Miller (not the Paul Miller?) "Can see a couple of goals here in the second half one for each side."
"Now's the time to bring on Bale!" says Chas. "Spurs need to be using both flanks to open up Milan." The 30,000 fans chanting his name inside White Hart Lane appear to concur.
The half-time whistle blows to give Spurs' players and fans alike a 15-minute breather on what now looks like being a nervy old night at the Lane. Spurs still have their 1-0 advantage. But only just.
Interesting - I think that's the word - prediction from Chris Black. "Crouch first half hat-trick. Rafa two. Lennon & Bale the others in 7-1 win to send shock waves to Barcelona."
Nice detailed analysis from Chas: "Spurs need to be wary tonight. Even though Milan have to win, I see them sitting back as they know Spurs will be at full throttle, and will try and hit back on the counter. Tonight, all departments have to be on their game. The defence just cannot let Milan grab a quick goal as that will deflate morale and I can see an implosion. On the other hand if Spurs get ahead early and still keep the pressure on, they have a chance. Set pieces are Spurs' Achilles heel, so we need the whole team behind the ball supporting the centre backs. This is where Milan are dangerous. Spurs may be ahead at 'half-time' on a two leg game, but they need to be sharp in all departments tonight to stand any chance of getting through."
"Gutted to see Bale on the bench when he looked so good against Wolves on the weekend," says Tom from Toronto. "He had better be in some serious pain..." Suspect we'll see him second half.
I return from a pre-match comfort break to find there's still only one of you predicting 0-0. Well done to Andy Bell: "It will be a poor game with AC threatening towards the end." That scoreline is currently outvoted by, among others, 4-4, 5-3, 3-4, 6-2 and even 5-5.
"Milan's marvellous three-pronged attack of Robinho, Pata and Ibrahimovic will surely be sight to behold," says Josh. "Considering Spurs' defence frailties and Milan's lack of pace at the back I'm sure this game will not be let down in the goals department! 4-2 to Tottenham on the night!" Is there no-one going for the tense 0-0?
Paul Huff from Accrington: "I can see Tottenham winning by a big score today. AC aren't any better than when Man United beat them 4-0 the other year in the home leg, and Tottenham are really up for Europe this year. 5-0 Tottenham, Van Der Vaart hatrick, one for Bale and one for Defoe." Blimey.
"Envious Liverpool fan" Paul: "Very bold statement from Milan with that terrific trio up front. Think this might be a tougher night than some Spurs fans think, Milan look like they're going to fight fire with fire, can't wait for the action."
Arsenal fan Ash is hoping for a Spurs win tonight, and predicts a cracker: "4-3 Spurs win. Van Der Vaart brace."
The appropriately-named Harry makes his prediction: "For me it will be fast fllowing and attacking game to watch. I think Spurs will win 2-1 on the night so 3-1 on aggregate. Also really hoping the Toffees get a important win at home to Birmingham tonight."
Send in your thoughts and predictions for tonight's clash to Dave.Tickner@bskyb.com
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