Conte returns as 10-man Spurs crash out of Europe

Cristian Romero was sent off for Tottenham as Antonio Conte’s side were eliminated from the Champions League after a 1-0 aggregate defeat to AC Milan.

Emerson Royal was recalled for Tottenham’s crunch last-16 clash with the Italian champions.

Full-back Emerson replaced Pedro Porro in the only change from Spurs’ 1-0 loss at Wolves last weekend, with Harry Kane captaining the side and flanked by Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski up front.

Olivier Giroud was fit enough to lead the line for AC Milan after recovering from a bout of flu.

Ex-Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori also featured for the Italian side, who won the first leg 1-0 last month.

Kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium due to both teams arriving late.

AC Milan were based in a hotel in Shoreditch and only got to the ground just before 7pm.

Spurs had arrived only minutes earlier after also experiencing traffic issues.

Spurs’ task was made even tougher with 13 minutes left when Cristian Romero was shown a second yellow card for catching Theo Hernandez by the touchline.

Romero caught Hernandez and, after initially receiving treatment, he was shown a red card by referee Clement Turpin.

Harry Kane came very close to sending the match to extra-time when he was denied by Mike Maignan in the 93rd minute.

Milan then countered and struck the post through former Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

More to follow…

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