City's quad' dream ends in VAR wars
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Apr 21, 2019,
Apr 21, 2019, 0:49
Llorente bundled the ball over the line to bring Tottenham level with Manchester City at 4-4 on aggregate (4-3 on the night), which was enough to see them through on away goals. Then, in injury time as Spurs looked to run down the clock, Christian Eriksen gave the ball away and Manchester City thought Sterling had completed his hat-trick and scored the victor. Obviously, we are very disappointed but we will have to forget about it and go for the competitions we are still in.
"I have never seen something like this".
FERNANDO LLORENTE, Tottenham striker, saying that Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir was right to allow his controversial goal to stand.
In a game of high drama, Pep Guardiola's men suffered a heartbreaking exit from the competition, winning 4-3 on the night but going out on the away goals rule after the two sides drew 4-4 on aggregate. The clock ticked on, into stoppage time, until Christian Eriksen's loss of possession gifted the ball to Aguero, who laid it off for Sterling to score.
City players are certain to be devastated at losing in such circumstances but they must bounce back quickly at Spurs visit the Etihad again on Saturday in the Premier League. It's a great thing, to be qualified for the semi-final, for us players and the club, it's something historic.
"I must be one of the luckiest guys on the planet tonight", Eriksen told BT Sport.
It was a ideal example of the benefits of using technology but it was also hard on Pep Guardiola's side who had been the stronger over the 90 minutes.
After a offensively excellent start to the game featured five goals in the opening 20 minutes, we thought the game could get much more exciting.
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Nowitzki kept shooting on his busiest night of the season, finishing with highs of 31 shots (making 11) and 33 minutes. Jamal Crawford scored 51 points, one off his career high, in the season finale for the Suns (19-63).
The strike was looked at by VAR, but after watching numerous replays the referee was confident the original decision was correct and stuck with it.
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He said: "To do this with an unbelievable team and be for the first time in the semi-finals of the Champions League with these teammates is insane".
"It was unbelievable the way the game finished".
"I watched the action and the people from above decided it (City's disallowed goal) was offside", said the Spaniard.
The result ensured Tottenham reached the Champions League last four for the first time where they will face Ajax Amsterdam.
His counterpart, Pochettino, who was without his top scorer Harry Kane, said his team had shown all their character.