Spurs progressed into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their history, despite losing 4-3 to Man City in a truly epic encounter tonight at the Etihad.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into tonight’s fixture leading 1-0 from last week’s first leg, and the eagerly awaited clash immediately sprung into life, with the scores tied at 2-2 after just 11 minutes, courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva which came either side of a double from Spurs attacker Son Heung-min.
Once Spurs had scored Pep Guardiola’s side knew they would have to win by two clear goals on account of the away goal rule, and in-form winger, Raheem Sterling, hit home again from close range after 21 minutes to send the Citizens in at half-time leading 3-2.
Sergio Aguero would then power home after good work from the impressive Kevin De Bruyne to put City in the driving seat, only for Fernando Llorente to put Spurs back in control after glancing a corner in off his hip.
City would pile forward in search of an all-important equaliser, and it seemed that they would remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple when Sterling stroked home deep into injury time.
However, VAR intervened to dramatically deny the goal for offside, and Spurs held on to move into the last four on away goals.
Speaking after the game the effervescent Son hailed his side ‘fight and character’.
“I have never seen something like this, It was tough and crazy but we are very proud of our team-mates,” Son told BT Sport.
7 – @SpursOfficial are the seventh different English club to reach the semi-final of the Champions League since it was rebranded, meaning England has now had more unique semi-finalists than any other nation (Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd). Pride. #MCITOT
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 17, 2019
”It was madness. Sometimes you are annoyed with VAR but today it is thank you.
”We fought together for 90 minutes. We showed unbelievable character and fight.”
Spurs will now face Ajax in the semi-final.