It was an amazing day of football yesterday as we saw Tottenham pull the unthinkable and eliminate Manchester City.
Story of the Match
Much like the first leg, City started strong with the first goal coming from an in-form Raheem Sterling in the 4th minute.
It was a dream start for City as they instantly nullified the 1st leg difference. But their joy was soon crushed by an equally amazing display from Son Heung-Min 3 minutes later. The traveling fans rejoiced even more as it was 2-1 to Tottenham 3 minutes later!
Another strike from Son Heung-Ming, similar to that of Phil Coutinho’s against United two days ago, put them ahead in the tie! By then we saw an amazing game of football, but one minute later and it was level again by an amazing inside-the-box display from Bernardo Silva in the 11th minute.
It took only 11 minutes for four goals to be scored, and another one came 10 minutes later in the 21st minute from Raheem Sterling. An amazing ball from De Bruyne saw Sterling score his 2nd of the night.
From there it, it looked like City were going to score more, and the injury to Moussa Sissoko didn’t help at all in the 41st minute.
The 2nd half started nervy for Spurs as Son and Rose both got booked in the space of six minutes. In the 59th minute, Aguero scored City’s 4th goal and his 27th of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s men had the advantage at that point with the score being 4-2 and 4-3 in favor of City on aggregates.
The next 15 minutes or so looked as Spurs have given up, but Fernando Llorente’s goal in the 73rd minute felt like a gift from God. The goal was dodgy, to say the least as it looked like the ball had hit his hand. But VAR ruled in Spur’s favor and suddenly City were the ones fearing for their lives.
Then in the 92nd minute of stoppage time, it looked like City had won it after a stellar goal by Sterling, completing his hat trick. Limbs were flying in the stadium and a historic victory was achieved by City, however, VAR ruled it offside.
City had most of the possession with 63% to Spur’s 37%. They had almost double the shots with 20 compared to Spur’s 11, with 8 and 6 on target respectably.
City won the game, but ultimately, they lost the tie with the final score being 4-3 (4-4 on aggregates) but Tottenham progressed due to the away goals. Tottenham will meet with Ajax in the semi-finals of the Champions League with the winner going all the way to the final in Madrid.
The other match saw a not really bothered Liverpool side win 1-4, 1-6 on aggregates.
Story of the Match
The visitors were put under pressure for most of the first half, and if it hadn’t been for Liverpool’s amazing defense and goalkeeper; Porto would have scored at least one.
It would seem the tactics for the hosts were to hit Liverpool early, and hard. But that never happened and Liverpool patiently waited for their chance, which came in the 26th minute from Sadio Mane.
Mane opened the scoring and the tie looked done and dusted. Goals from Salah in the 65th, Firminho in the 77th and Van Dijk in the 84th minute meant that Porto had to score 6 goals in total. Porto did manage to bring one back in the 69th minute from Eder Militao, but the game was already done in the first 25 minutes.
The statistics do not favor Liverpool at all during this game. Porto had the majority of possession with 52%, and they registered a total of 20 shots which 8 of those were on target. Liverpool, on the other hand, registered only 5 shots, and 4 on target, meaning that they had a 100% scoring output on the day.
Liverpool progressed comfortably in this tie with the final aggregate score 6-1 in favor of the Reds. They will meet Barcelona in the next stage of the competition where the Reds might see the familiar faces of Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho at Anfield.