VAR manna from heaven for Tottenham’s Alderweireld

Kieran Trippier

Llorente scored in the 73rd minute of Spurs' 4-3 second-leg loss to City, but they reached the Champions League semi-finals on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw. The first time he failed to cut out a Dele Alli pass into the area and Son blasted a shot underneath Ederson.

Tottenham's crucial third goal DID hit Fernando Llorente on the arm before going into the net during their thrilling Champions League quarter-final victory over Manchester City.

The manic opening period continued when Bernardo Silva brought the home side level in the 11th minute with a deflected shot and then Sterling struck again to make it 3-2 in the 21st minute.

The risky Sterling struck again in the 21st minute to level the aggregate score, ghosting in at the back post to convert a low cross from De Bruyne that had zipped across the face of the goal. And would De Bruyne or Aguero be sent packing if City could only retain one of their services?

In a game that fizzed an crackled from the first second to the last, City fans were on an emotional roller-coaster as the tie ebbed one way then another. Showing the composure for which he is famed, the Argentinian blasted a ferocious shot past Lloris from a tight angle.

Tottenham, refused to roll over for City, and their determination saw them restore their advantage through Fernando Llorente's bundled effort from a corner kick which seem to come off his arm before going over the line.

With officials unsure if the ball had bounced off the Spaniard's hand or rolled off his hip in the goalmouth scramble, VAR was called into action and the goal stood for Spurs - a decision Guardiola questioned after the game. "This was madness", declared Son. With all the emotion, I don't know what I am saying now. "For the neutral fans it was an unbelievable night".

"A hard game but we won it and so I am completely fine. We are so happy".

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen admitted he was lucky after he was guilty of giving the ball away in the build-up to what looked set to be a decisive City goal, only for a video review to deny Raheem Sterling a last gasp victor.

Tottenham star Eriksen - who will now face former club Ajax in the semi-finals - counted his blessings post-match, telling BT Sport: "I must be one of the luckiest guys on the planet tonight".



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