Fernando Llorente seals Tottenham berth in European Cup semifinal
|Toronto Star 17 Apr 2019 at 15:53|
MANCHESTER, ENGLANDâ€”Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham into its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years and ended Manchester Cityâ€™s quadruple hopes by scoring the decider in a breathtaking Champions League game that produced seven goals and saw an apparent injury-time winner for City ruled out after a video review.
City won the second leg of an instant-classic quarterfinal 4-3 at home on Wednesday but Tottenham advanced 4-4 on aggregate thanks to the away goals rule to set up a meeting with Ajax.
Son Heung-Min scored two of the three away goals Wednesday that helped Tottenham reach its first European Cup semifinal since 1962.Â Â (ANTHONY DEVLIN / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Liverpool also reached the semifinals, and a date with Barcelona, after comfortably beating Porto 4-1 for a 6-1 aggregate win.
Llorente, a backup striker who lives in the shadow of injured Spurs star Harry Kane, nudged the ball into the net in the 73rd minute with his hip â€” a goal that was only given after a VAR review for a possible handball.
Video review worked in Tottenhamâ€™s favour again in stoppage time when Raheem Sterling looked to have secured Cityâ€™s progress. But as the home fans celebrated and the devastated Spurs players slumped to the turf, the referee determined that Sergio Aguero was offside before crossing to Sterling.