Var-y 'cruel': Guardiola laments overrule of Raheem Sterling's goal

Lucas Moura
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21 April, 2019

Llorente bundled the ball over the line to bring Tottenham level with Manchester City at 4-4 on aggregate (4-3 on the night), which was enough to see them through on away goals.

The Spurs players who had moments before been on their knees, dejectedly acknowledging their exit from the competition, were suddenly resurrected, embracing in the knowledge that they, not City, were heading to a last-four clash with Ajax Amsterdam.

Then - as Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir signaled the goal had been overruled following video review -- Guardiola fell to his knees, head in hands, in utter despair. Obviously, we are very disappointed but we will have to forget about it and go for the competitions we are still in.

"But maybe from one angle Fernando Llorente's goal is handball, maybe from the referee's angle it is not".

The rollercoaster game saw five goals scored between the two sides after just 21 minutes. Their angst was reflected on Twitter as the club's official account sent out: "Huge moment as Sterling's late strike is ruled out by VAR!' There were a huge number of replies underneath, one using a Homer Simpson heart attack gif, another opting for SpongeBob SquarePants".

An emotionally battered Manchester City returned to training on Thursday, looking to channel their focus on getting back to the grind before a return to Premier League action.

"Unfortunately, it was a bad end for us so congratulations to Tottenham and good luck for the semi-finals".

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VAR intervened and City's celebrations quickly turned to despair as the referee ruled the goal out for offside.

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

DECISIVE: Fernando Llorente rises to score Spurs' third goal against Manchester City.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen admitted he was lucky after he was guilty of giving the ball away in the build-up to what looked set to be a decisive City goal, only for a video review to deny Raheem Sterling a last gasp victor.

Moussa Sissoko says he did not realize Tottenham had qualified for the Champions League semi-finals at Manchester City's expense. "It was unbelievable, the way it finished".

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

Fans can no longer celebrate a goal with the ecstasy and freedom they used to, just in case the goal is ruled out for something that was not spotted with the naked eye.


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