18 Apr Manchester Metropolis v Tottenham Hotspur Match Report, 17/04/2019, UEFA Champions League
In an astonishing end, Raheem Sterling was denied by VAR as Manchester Metropolis tumbled out of the Champions League to Tottenham.
Raheem Sterling was denied by VAR in harm time as Manchester Metropolis’s quadruple hopes got here to an finish in probably the most dramatic of circumstances towards Tottenham in a traditional Champions League quarter-final tie.
The England worldwide thought he had a hat-trick on the loss of life on the Etihad Stadium, however a overview confirmed Sergio Aguero was offside within the build-up as Tottenham progressed by way of the away targets rule regardless of shedding 4-3 on the evening.
Spurs had already been assisted by VAR when Fernando Llorente bundled in from shut vary 17 minutes from time, which made it 4-4 on combination and in the end booked a semi-final date with Ajax.
A chaotic first half had Metropolis 3-2 up on the break. Son Heung-min’s brace cancelled out the opener from Sterling, however the ahead restored Metropolis’s lead after Bernardo Silva’s lucky equaliser.
Aguero’s sensible strike then seemingly put Metropolis into the semis earlier than VAR deemed Llorente’s obvious handball to be unintentional and Pep Guardiola’s males noticed wild celebrations for Sterling’s last-gasp effort curtailed in sensational scenes.
OH MY GOD!
YES! YES! YES!
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 17, 2019
A rip-roaring begin astonishingly produced 4 targets within the first 11 minutes, with Metropolis initially overturning Spurs’ first-leg lead via Sterling’s attractive curling end simply inside the world.
However Spurs quickly had the lead on the day – Son’s effort from the sting of the field inexplicably discovering its well past Ederson after an Aymeric Laporte error to degree, earlier than the Spurs star had one other with a fierce strike into the top-right nook following one other mistake from Metropolis’s French centre-back.
Regardless of these lapses, Metropolis had been in an obstinate temper and equalised barely a minute later when Silva’s close-range effort deflected in off Danny Rose.
An incisive transfer within the 21st minute put Metropolis forward on the evening, as Sterling met Kevin De Bruyne’s beautiful low cross and transformed on the again publish.
Aguero appeared to have ended Spurs’ resistance within the 59th minute when latching on to a De Bruyne go and ending emphatically contained in the close to publish.
Nevertheless it was not sufficient, as Kieran Trippier’s nook struck Llorente, the ball showing to hit his elbow and thigh on its means in.
Sterling thought he had despatched Metropolis via within the remaining seconds of stoppage-time, ending from the center of the field, however VAR noticed Aguero straying offside to convey a swift finish to the jubilant scenes, securing Spurs’ passage after a exceptional encounter.
What does it imply? Immortality out of attain for Metropolis
A lot of the speak round Metropolis in current weeks has revolved round a possible quadruple, with Guardiola’s males beforehand trying virtually unbeatable in each competitors.
Nevertheless, as soon as once more the Champions League will elude Metropolis, with Spurs’ constructive strategy paying dividends, as at no level did they give the impression of being intent on coming to the Etihad Stadium and sitting on their 1-Zero lead.
De Bruyne on one other degree
It is probably not a lot of a comfort to Metropolis given the result of the tie, however De Bruyne was again to his best on Wednesday. The midfielder drove ahead with objective, equipped three assists and would have gotten a objective had been it not for a fantastic Lloris save within the second half.
Laporte errors punished
In a recreation with so many targets, defenders had been unlikely to face out for the fitting causes. Laporte was probably the most culpable, together with his errors main on to Spurs’ first two targets, earlier than then not doing sufficient to get in entrance of Llorente for what proved to be the decisive objective within the tie.
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– Tottenham have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League/European Cup for the second time of their historical past, additionally doing so in 1961-62 beneath Invoice Nicholson.
– Spurs are the seventh English aspect to succeed in the Champions League semi-finals (additionally Man Utd, Man Metropolis, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leeds) – England at the moment are the nation with probably the most distinctive semi-finalists (overtaking Spain).
– 5 targets had been scored within the opening 21 minutes of this recreation – it’s the shortest period of time it has ever taken for 5 targets to be scored in a Champions League match.
– No aspect has been knocked out on the Champions League quarter-final stage by English teams on extra events than Manchester Metropolis (twice; additionally in 2017-18 vs Liverpool).
– Manchester Metropolis winger Raheem Sterling has been straight concerned in 26 targets (19 targets and 7 assists) in 20 video games in all competitions on the Etihad this season, greater than any team-mate.
These two do it another time on Saturday, with Spurs this time hoping to derail Metropolis’s Premier League title cost on the Etihad Stadium.