We were into injury time of the second leg of the Champions League quarter final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
After scoring a vital third away goal in the 73rd minute via Fernando Llorente’s hip, Tottenham were set to qualify for their first ever Champions League semi final.
They had been hanging on by the skin of their teeth for the best part of 20 minutes, camped inside their own half, defending for their lives, barely able to muster up the energy to move yet alone defend.
However, it seemed as though they were going to do it, it looked as though they would see it out and make history.
Then, after clearing the ball out to the wing, Christian Eriksen failed to hoof it down field, instead inadvertently playing in Sergio Aguero via a deflection.
Aguero then picked out Sterling who finished coolly to send Man City through to the next round.
Heartbreak for Tottenham.
Then word reached the touchline that the referees were checking the goal for an offside in the build up, and the rest is history.
Pochettino revealed exactly what went through his head (Football London): “I didn’t want to watch because in that moment I take off my jacket and jumper and throw to bench and go to my seat and think very bad things. But in that moment I hear Jesus’ voice say ‘oh maybe it is offside’ – VAR checking and in that moment I was alive again. I understand situation on bench of City; from top of the world down, disappointed, that is unbelievable, the emotion we live last night was amazing. A very good end for us but I feel sorry when that situation happen because you can be on the other side and it is difficult when that situation happens. Last night it was for us, all you can do is enjoy, celebrate, be respectful of the opponent.”
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