Sissoko’s incredible story of how he found out Tottenham had won


Tottenham Hotspur qualified for their first ever Champions League semi final in true Spurs fashion last night, doing it the hard way.

After bouncing back from Man City’s early Sterling goal, Tottenham scored two away goals of their own through Heung Min Son, giving them a strong command of the tie.

That put Tottenham 3-1 up on aggregate, with two away goals, leaving City needing three more home goals to secure qualification.

However, Man City managed to put themselves right back in it within the next ten minutes, scoring two more, before adding a third in the second half.

At that point, it looked as if Tottenham would be crashing out of the competition in a gut-wrenching fashion, until Fernando Llorente was able to divert a corner into the net via his hip.

There was to be more late drama though, as Raheem Sterling scored the goal to take Man City through in the dying seconds, only to have it ruled out for offside in the build up.

However, Moussa Sissoko, like many Spurs fans, had marched off as soon as Sterling’s goal went in, and had to be informed later of the eventual win.

He said (Metro): “I was on the bench. I saw the 5-3 goal, and I was such a state that I returned directly to the locker room,’ the Frenchman told L’Equipe after the final whistle.

“I was alone, nobody had accompanied me. There was no TV screen broadcasting the game, and in my head we were eliminated.

“Then one of the staff members entered the locker room and screamed at me: ‘Incredible, we did it!’

“I asked, “How did we do it?” At that moment, he told me that the goal had been cancelled!

“So, I put on a T-shirt, I forgot my injury and I ran outside to join the others, not to miss the celebration of such a historic moment.

“It was an incredible emotional shock.”

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