Fernando Llorente seals Tottenham berth in European Cup semifinal
|Toronto Star 17 Apr 2019 at 18:53|
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND—Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham into its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years and ended Manchester City’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. (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 — a goal that was only given after a VAR review for a possible handball.
Video review worked in Tottenham’s favour again in stoppage time when Raheem Sterling looked to have secured City’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.