Tottenham stun Manchester City to set up Champions League semifinal with Ajax

Spurs lost 4-3 at the Etihad but advance to the last four on away goals

Llorente marcó el tanto definitivo para el Tottenham
Llorente marcó el tanto definitivo para el Tottenham | AFP

Manchester City's quadruple dream ended on Wednesday as they were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham following a seven-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium. 

X. Serrano


Champions League




Manchester City

Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy (Sané, 84'); David Silva (Fernandinho, 63'), Gündogan, De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Agüero y Sterling.


Lloris; Trippier, Alderwiereld, Vertonghen, Rose (Sánchez, 90'); Wanyama, Sissoko (Llorente, 41'); Eriksen, Dele Alli, Lucas (Davies, 82'); Son.


1-0 M. 4 Sterling. 1-1 M. 7 Son. 1-2 M. 10 Son. 2-2 M. 11 Bernardo Silva. 3-2 M. 21 Sterling. 4-2 M. 59 Agüero. 4-3 M. 73 Llorente.


Cüneyt Çakir (Turquía). TA: Sissoko, Son y Wanyama.

Four goals in a crazy first 11 minutes -- two for each side -- signalled the start of an evening of rdiculous entertainment. City edged ahead on the night in the 21st minute and then took the lead in the tie in the second half. 

But Fernando Llorente's late goal sent Tottenham through to a semifinal against Ajax. City pushed late on, with Raheem Sterling having a goal ruled out for offside, but were unable to stay in the competition. 

They remain favourites for the Premier League and could end the campaign with a domestic treble, but there will be no European success for Pep Guardiola this season. He's still only ever won the Champions League with Barcelona. 

City, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, started quickly when Sterling curled home from the corner of the box after four minutes. 

Spurs responded immediately. Son took advantage of Aymeric Laporte's error to level and then scored a stunning second to give Mauricio Pochettino's side the lead. 

Bernando Silva then levelled on the night a minute later and Sterling inched them ahead but City were still behind on away goals. 

Guardiola's men were brilliant at the stay of the second half, though. They eventually got their reward when Sergio Aguero fired home after Kevin de Bruyne's pass. The Belgian was brilliant all night. 

But his brilliance wasn't enough. Substitute Llorente turned home a corner to restore Spurs' aggregate advantage. A VAR review was needed to determine that he had not handled the ball. 

City had 10 minutes to find an equaliser and then another five minutes of stoppage time. It was in stoppage time that Sterling thought he'd scored a brilliant third, only for VAR to spot that Aguero had been offside in the build up. 

Guardiola's goal celebrations proved futile. Instead, it was Pochettino and his players who were celebrating long into the Manchester night in front of their travelling supporters. 

Now installed in their new stadium, at last, they're daring to dream. Next up is Ajax, the conquerors of Real Madrid and Juventus. It won't be easy, both sides have proven their credentials, but no one would have tipped either of them to be in the final in Madrid on June 1. One will be.


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