Wow. Just when you think you’ve seen everything football has to offer, we get Man City vs. Tottenham.
In one of the most dramatic matches the Champions League has seen, Man City needed to beat Tottenhham by two goals to reach the semi-finals. Challenging City to attack promises to make any game exciting but what we were treated to is something else entirely.
Raheem Sterling put City ahead after four minutes and Tottenham must have been fearing the worst. However, they had soon flipped the contest on its head, a Son Heung-Min double in the seventh and tenth minutes putting Spurs ahead. Remarkably, their lead lasted less than sixty second as Bernard Silva scored the fourth goal to make it 2-2.
The fifth goal game in the 21st minute as Raheem Sterling added another to put City ahead once more, at which point Jamie O’Hara, watching in the Sky Sports studio, looked as though his head might explode.
After an incredible start, the game settled into a rhythm with both teams realising they were capable of defending. However, in the 59th minute normal service was resumed as Sergio Aguero put the Sky Blues 4-2 up. For the first time, City had the lead they needed to qualify but then disaster struck. Fernando Llorente pulled a goal back for Tottenham in the 73rd minute, putting them in pole position to qualify.
City kept banging on the door but nobody was home, until the third minute of stoppage time when a deflected pass fell into the path of Sergio Aguero. He passed to Sterling who slotted it beyond Hugo Lloris to make it 5-3.
As Sterling slid on his knees in celebration and Pep Guardiola leapt into air, thousands of Spurs hearts across the country were breaking. Hysterical Arsenal and Chelsea fans were taking to Twitter to make gloating ‘Spursy’ jokes.
Then it happened. The referee was advised to refer the goal to VAR on the suspicion that Aguero was offisde. After a nervous wait, the decision came back; it was no goal. City and Spurs fans in the stadium seemed equally stunned, social media erupted. Here are some of the best Tweets that we saw.
Kyle Walker seemed to be looking forward to coming up against his old club. After the 90 minutes thet Son gave him, his confidence might have been misplaced.
This will be fun pic.twitter.com/PkJ2tGAbe0
— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) 15 March 2019
Sergio Aguero had vowed to stay at Man City until they win the competition. His wait goes on.
The year is 2080 and 81 year old Sergio Aguero lines up for Man City in the Champions League group stage opener… pic.twitter.com/AMK1wnAqsB
— Colossus Bets (@ColossusBets) 17 April 2019
Whoever was running Man City’s Twitter feed last night, lost control when they scored.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) 17 April 2019
But a Liverpool fan was quick to point out that they had qualified fairly easily.
— Matthew ⚽️ (@ItzMatthew3) 17 April 2019
Man City fans went quiet very quickly.
— JΛKE BUCKLEY ?? (@TheMasterBucks) 17 April 2019
Fernandinho had a couple of strong words for one journalist after the match.
Asked Fernandinho for a word in the mixed zone. He gave me two: “Fuck VAR.”
— Simon Mullock (@MullockSMirror) 17 April 2019
Then the inquest began. Despite coming within touching distance of the quadruple and building a phenomenal side, Guardiola was placed under the microscope.
Since 2008-09, Pep Guardiola has spent £1,031,571,000 (£1.03bn).
No manager has spent more money than him in the same time period. He took a year off from management, too. pic.twitter.com/3XMDwb7yxZ
— UtdArena. (@utdarena) 17 April 2019
And one gloating Man United account compared Guardiola’s success against that of one of their club legends.
Pep Guardiola: £600m
Pep Guardiola still hasn’t got further than David Moyes did in the one season that he had coaching in the Champions League. pic.twitter.com/KtsOeTJtah
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) 17 April 2019