The Spurs will face Ajax in the semi-finals of the Champions League
From Ben Grounds
Last updated: 18/04/19 09:48
Tottenham reached the Champions League semi-final for the first time in its history with a heady 4-4 away goal against Manchester City on a memorable evening at Etihad.
Raheem Sterling was denied a dramatic victory in stoppage time when Sergio Aguero failed in the off-off after a VAR check. Fernando Llorente's unorthodox finish – which also survived a VAR check for handball – put Mauricio Pochettino Ajax in the final with 17 minutes.
Man City against Tottenham
April 20, 2019, 11:30 am
Sterling (4, 21) and Heung-Min Son (7, 10) both scored twice in a hectic first half, with Bernardo Silva immediately abandoning the South Korean's second (11).
Tottenham meets on Tuesday, April 30 (8:00 pm), at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Ajax. The second leg will take place on Wednesday, 8 May (20.00), in Amsterdam.
Aguero started home at the near post (59) to give City the lead, but Llorento's attempt from the corner of Kieran Trippier was awarded when Spurs ended the city's hopes fourfold in an extraordinary fashion.
Spurs, who had been defeated by Benfica in the 1962 European Cup semi-final, looked ahead to the first leg in four minutes.
Man City: Ederson (5), Walker (6), Kompany (6), Laporte (5), Mendy (5), De Bruyne (9), Gundogan (6), Bernardo Silva (8), Silva (6), Sterling (9 ), Aguero (7).
Subs: Reasonable (n / a), Fernandinho (6)
Tottenham: Lloris (5), Trippier (5), Alderweireld (6), Vertonghen (6), Rose (6), Sissoko (6), Wanyama (7), Alli (6), Eriksen (7), Lucas Moura (6) , Son (9).
Subs: Sanchez (n / a), Davies (n / a), Llorente (7).
Man of the Game: Kevin De Bruyne.
City won 12 games in the Etihad and they had the perfect start when Sterling picked Kevin De Bruyne's pass before busting into Trippier and finding Hugo Llori's lower corner.
But Son showed his freshness to hold back the tie to Tottenham's favor with two goals in an instant. The South Korean took advantage of a lax liberation from Aymeric Laporte when he knocked out Dele Alli's shot-through to get his first shot under Ederson's legs.
City had barely had a chance to compose himself when Laporte made his mistake worse when Lucas Moura unleashed a quick counterattack on his violent touch. Son punished Kyle Walker for giving him too much space to lure himself in his second moment.
City made only one change from the weekend when Leroy Sane failed for Bernardo Silva. Since the first leg, there have been three changes without room for Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph and Riyad Mahrez.
Pochettino switched from weekend five and Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son all came back. Only Harry Kane and Harry Winks – both injured – missed the team that won 1-0 in the first leg.
Immediately after the kick-off, Aguero found Bernardo Silva on the right. With Danny Rose, the midfielder was able to push his shot against Lloris at his near post by deflecting against England's left-back.
These were already the four fastest goals at the start of a Champions League match – and City did not end in a frantic first half as four goals scored five out of 21 in eleven minutes – meaning they only need one more goal, to hold the upper hand.
The third was a nice thing when Bernardo rushed out of midfield before finding De Bruyne on the right. When Trippier switched off at the other post, the Belgian was driven out of a tight corner by Sterling.
Five goals were scored in the first 21 minutes of this game. This is the shortest time it took to score five goals in a Champions League game.
The son was close to completing his hat-trick before the break when his left foot whistled past Ederson's post and the striker was booked for a foul on De Bruyne shortly after the restart for the Champions League semi-final.
Lloris stayed out of Sterling after David Silva cutback before Rose prevented Bernardo Silva from sliding in rebound. Lloris made an even better save to prevent De Bruynes' attempt as City continued to besiege Tottenham's goal.
After Ederon's Llorentes header was over, De Bruyne took the lead again, capturing Ilkay Gundogan's pass before slipping through Spurs midfielder and providing Aguero a nasty finish near Lloris.
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Llorente had the last word when Trippier's corner hit the front corner of the Spaniard and although referee Cuneyt Cakir VAR checked for a presumed handball, the gate stopped.
There was still time for a more exciting late drama when Sterling thought he had finished his hat-trick of Aguero's flank – but iterations showed that the Argentinian was offside before collecting Bernardo Silva's deflected pass as the Spurs players closed her feet raised breathtaking victories in the defeat.
Goals from Llorente: Repetitions showed that the ball had brushed Llorente's elbow before hitting his hip. Referee Cuneyt Cakir went to his pitch-side monitor to check the situation, but the angle he saw did not cause him to change his initial decision. Another angle indicated that the elbow was actually hit.
Stills inappropriate hits: City had thought they'd made a late winner, but after celebrating home matches, the replaying sessions ended with Sergio Aguero offside just before sterling hit. The joy of the city became desperate and vice versa for Spurs.
Man of the Game – Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne kept his head as everyone around him was lost in a night that would go down as one of the craziest games in Champions League history.
It has been some time since we saw the Belgian in such harsh health. Injuries have regularly denied us these masterclasses this season, as his teammates have even set records.
But he was needed here, the architect of three of the City Gates, and though Guardiola will suffer after the Champions League is out of his grasp again, he is comforted by his playmaker returning to his spectacular best.
- Spurs are the seventh English team to reach the Champions League semi-finals (including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leeds) – England are now the nation with the most unique semi-finalists (Spain overtake).
- In the Champions League quarter-finals of English teams was played more than in Manchester City (twice, also in the season 2017-18 against Liverpool) no team.
- Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola won ten Champions League games against English sides tonight, the most coach in the history of the competition.
- Raheem Sterling was directly involved in 26 goals (19 goals and seven assists) in 20 matches in all Etihad competitions this season, more than any other teammate.
- Heung-Min Son is the most successful Asian player in Champions League history with 12 goals, overtaking Maxim Shatskikh from Uzbekistan.
- Son is the second player to score in the first 10 minutes of a Champions League match away to Heimo Pfeifenberger for Red Bull Salzburg against AEK Athens in November 1994 (9 minutes).
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