Champions League: Tottenham down Manchester City on away goals to reach semis

After an astonishing encounter at the Etihad Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the Champions League on away goals following a 4-3 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday. Spurs, who won the first leg 1-0 and progressed after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate. It will play Ajax Amsterdam for a place in the final against Liverpool or Barcelona after one of the most remarkable matches in the competition’s history.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino predicted the meeting with the exciting and young Dutch side would be an “open and exciting game”. But it will take something for it to offer more entertainment than this non-stop wave of drama and emotions. It started in manic fashion with four goals in the opening 11 minutes of the game. It was a gripping spectacle right up until the dramatic finale when City had a stoppage-time goal from Raheem Sterling. In which it would have sent them through, ruled out for offside after a VAR review.

It started in manic fashion with four goals in the opening 11 minutes of the game. It was a gripping spectacle right up until the dramatic finale when City had a stoppage-time goal from Raheem Sterling. In which it would have sent them through, ruled out for offside after a VAR review. City fans had celebrated what looked like the goal that sent them into the last four before the replay confirmed that Sergio Aguero was offside in the build-up. It was a perfect example of the benefits of using technology but it was also hard on Pep Guardiola’s side who had been stronger over the 90 minutes.

Guardiola said that it is cruel but it is what it is and we have to accept it. In the whose dream of winning four titles, this season is now over. His counterpart, Pochettino, who was without his top scorer Harry Kane, said his team had shown all their character. “My players are heroes. We made history,” said the Argentine, whose team reached the last four for the first time. Since the creation of the Champions League and since their 1962 appearance in the semi-finals of the European Cup.

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