Tottenham Hotspur created history on Wednesday night as they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time ever in the history of the coveted tournament. In one of the most amazing games of the league’s history, Spurs registered a dramatic win to end Man City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies.
Courtesy the win, Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semifinals on away goals as a pulsating 4-3 win for City was not enough to overturn their 1-0 first leg deficit. They will now face Ajax in the semi-finals, while Liverpool — who beat Porto 4-1 in Portugal to win their tie 6-1 — will line up against Barcelona in the other tie.
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MATCH:-
In the opening 11 minutes of the match – four goals were scored in a crazy fashion as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva cancelled out two Son Heung-min away goals for Tottenham.
City finally looked set for the last four when further goals from Sterling and Sergio Aguero put them ahead in the tie for the first time. But there was a further twist when Fernando Llorente’s controversial goal 17 minutes from time was allowed to stand despite a VAR check for handball by the Spaniard.
VAR intervened again deep into stoppage time to save Spurs once more when Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick only for Aguero to be ruled offside in the build-up.
Pep Guardiola will face more questions over his failure to land the Champions League three seasons into his City’s reign, but after a more conservative approach for the first leg was criticised, he set the tone for a thrilling 90 minutes.
Kevin de Bruyne was restored to the starting XI among four changes from the first leg and the Belgian showed why the decision to leave him out last week was so questioned.
De Bruyne drove at the heart of the Spurs defence before feeding Sterling, who cut inside and curled a wonderful shot into the far corner. Guardiola had called for the home fans to finally produce an intimidating atmosphere on a European night at the Etihad.
However, they had barely retaken their seats by the time Tottenham were level.