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Fernando Llorente goal would have been ruled out next season

20 April 2019

VAR's intervention to rule out Raheem Sterling's goal in injury time may even have derailed the whole Manchester City project.

A dejected Pep Guardiola after VAR overturned Raheem Sterling's would-be victor in the dying minutes of the match.

"Earlier, the use of VAR in checking and then allowing Fernando Llorente's goal was a fantastic example of the system at its best - and the right decision was made".

On Sterling's goal being ruled out, he said: "I don't know, I saw the action and the people decide it is offside, it is offside".

"It is an unbelievable semi-final for us and we know it is a top team to beat". "But it is what it is and we have to accept it".

The Spurs players, who moments before looked utterly distraught, revelled in the knowledge that they, and not City, were going through.

On each occasion Heung-Min Son was the scorer as he first latched on to a rare Aymeric Laporte to fire a shot that wrong-footed Ederson, and then as City were caught on the break, he fired a rising shot from 15 yards to put Spurs 2-1 ahead.

"I have never seen something like this, It was tough and insane but we are very proud of our team-mates", the South Korean forward told BT Sport.

Llorente told COPE after the match: "I was screwed, I thought they cancelled it".

MARK CLATTENBURG, former Premier League referee, on the officials making the right call to disallow Raheem Sterling's stoppage-time goal.

"Sometimes you are annoyed with VAR but today it is thank you".

"It was a few minutes left to play so I tried to get everyone up but then out of nothing VAR was there and saved us".

In the other quarterfinal second leg game of the day, a resurgent Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another to inspire a clinical Liverpool to a 4-1 victory at Porto and a 6-1 win on aggregate.

His goal at the Etihad proved to be the difference between Pep Guardiola's side and the north London club as the latter progressed to the semi-final of the Champions League.

"To go through against the team of the moment in City was unbelievable for us".

"Obviously I have had the opportunity to watch the last goal from Tottenham and the ball hits the hand, no doubt about that".

They include Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen, plus defenders Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertoghen and Davinson Sanchez. "I am so happy, so proud". "Today, we showed great character and great personality". After the game this Spurs players thought his side is out of the Champions League.

Fernando Llorente goal would have been ruled out next season