Spurs outlast Man City in chaotic UCL 2nd leg
- Four goals in first 11 minutes
- Sterling, Son score two each
- Aguero gives City first lead of tie in 59th
- Llorente puts Spurs back in front
Fernando Llorente’s 73rd minute goal withstood the review of VAR and Raheem Sterling’s stoppage time finish did not, as Tottenham Hotspur advanced past Manchester City in an all-timer of a UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg.
It finished 4-3 to City on the day and 4-4 on aggregate, with Spurs scoring the only away goals. Tottenham will meet Ajax in the semifinal.
Heung-min Son scored twice for Spurs, with Llorente’s winner overcoming a glance off his arm.
Sterling scored twice for City, who also got goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero. The quadruple hunt is dead.
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It didn’t take long for City to level the tie, a third minute pass from Kevin De Bruyne finding Sterling. The English winger cut inside as Kieran Trippier gave him room to fire a shot just inside the far post and into the side netting.
Son then demanded City score at least twice with an eighth minute marker to make it 2-1 on aggregate when Aymeric Laporte’s poor intervention fell to the South Korean. Ederson got the a piece of it, but not enough to stop the ball from heading into the goal.
Then, again! Lucas Moura played Son into the left of the box, and Son curled one side netting to put City in an awful place after less than 10 minutes.
City was unbowed, a long pass finding Bernardo Silva in line for an 11th minute goal to make it 2-2 on the day and 3-2 to Spurs over two legs.
But wait, there’s more.
Sterling finished from an acute angle -- really, though, it was a tougher task than we’ve made it sound -- after De Bruyne swung a delightful cross over the fray.
The match made it an absurd (not really) 25 minutes without a goal, making it to halftime with the most notable occurrence being Moussa Sissoko’s injury.
Son gave away a free kick to De Bruyne outside the 18, and Spurs faced a nervy moment in the 48th minute. But the Belgian sent an arrow just over the goal and it remained 3-3 on aggregate.
Sterling then forced a great save out of Lloris, with Danny Rose getting away with a tug on Bernardo as the pair went for the rebound.
Lloris then made a tremendous parry with his left arm to deny De Bruyne, and Ilkay Gundogan’s corner led to more City possession but no immediate threat.
Spurs countered with great danger in the 58th, Ederson stymying a half-strength header from Fernando Llorente and then collecting a Christian Eriksen shot.
That’s when Aguero struck to take their first lead of the tie, taking a lay-off from De Bruyne and blasting inside the near post. 4-2, 4-3.
Son’s run tested Ederson in-tight to give Spurs a 72nd minute corner, which led to a goal.
Llorente put Spurs back in front on the day to bring the tie to 4-4 with Spurs claiming the only away goals, the goal defying a slight touch of the Spaniard’s elbow upon VAR review.
Bernardo then won City a corner as the match entered its final dozen minutes plus stoppage. Gundogan blazed over goal, and an Aguero header was soon claimed by Lloris.
Sterling then struck in the third minute of stoppage time, but the goal was taken off the board for offside by VAR!