In what could be an absolute humdinger of a match, Tottenham Hotspurs emerged winner as the Mauricio Pochetino’s Spurs advanced to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. Barely 11 minutes and the score was 2-2. At the end when City thought they had gone through, VAR correctly disallowed an offside goal. The goal could have given Pep Guardiola’s City through to the semis, but VAR had other plans which now sees Spurs reach the UCL semifinals after 57 years.
Winger Raheem Sterling put the hosts ahead in just the fourth minute while Heung Min Son then netted twice to put City in a position where it had to score three more goals to advance.
The South Korean showed just how influential he is for Spurs in a start unlike anything seen before by the English side in the Champions League.
Tottenham advanced on away goals following Wednesday’s 4-3 loss that left the teams tied 4-4 on aggregate.
Spurs ended City’s quadruple dreams and Guardiola, a Champions League-winning coach with Messi’s Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, failed to reach the semifinals for the sixth straight time, his third with City after three misses with German giants Bayern Munich.
Tottenham now play Ajax in the semifinals while Liverpool, who also cruised past FC Porto, face FC Barcelona.
“That is why we love football, we feel the passion,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said after the match.” We enjoy watching football, anything can happen.
“Today we showed our great character, great personality. To score three goals against Manchester City is not easy.”
Without their top scorer Harry Kane, who is out due to injury and may miss the remained of the season, Spurs stood up and when everything was against them.
With the Premier League champions race for European success is over this season, Guardiola will have his eye on defending the League title but they will face Spurs once again for a third time in a row this Saturday.