Tottenham displayed tremendous fight and character to progress into the Champions League semifinals courtesy of the away goals rule.
Tottenham went into the second leg at the Etihad stadium a goal to the good but were without several first team players like Harry Kane, Serge Aurier, Eric Dier, Harry Winks, and Erik Lamela.
Moussa Sissoko also had to be withdrawn at the end of the first half, which meant that Spurs found themselves short of numbers in the middle of the park.
However, Pochettino’s men somehow manage to level the tie 4-4 on aggregate thanks to Fernando Llorente’s goal off Kieran Trippier’s corner. There was a question mark on whether the ball had come off the Spaniard’s arm but the goal was allowed to stand after a VAR review.
Late in the game, the hosts thought they had won the tie as Raheem Sterling put the ball in the back of the net in stoppage time but VAR once again came to the aid of Spurs as Sergio Aguero was deemed to have been in an offside position in the build-up to the goal.
So, naturally, City players were left devastated by the VAR calls on the night. After the game, Simon Mullock, Chief Football writer for the Sunday Mirror, asked Man City midfielder Fernandino about the defeat and he claimed that the Man City midfielder gave a blunt and angry response.
Check out Simon Mullock’s tweet below:
Asked Fernandinho for a word in the mixed zone. He gave me two: “Fuck VAR.”
— Simon Mullock (@MullockSMirror) April 17, 2019
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