What. A. Game.
We all knew that Wednesday night’s Champions League fixture between Manchester City and Spurs was going to be special, but not in our wildest dreams did we ever believe that we would witness such a spectacle.
The beginning of the emotional rollercoaster began with a very, very steep ascent – after the hosts opened the scoring in the opening five minutes. Kevin De Bruyne picked out Sterling on the left and the England winger, in the form of his life, cut inside and skilfully finished into the bottom right. Pandemonium.
The visitors were not here to keel over, however.
Son Heung-Min found an equaliser just three minutes after City’s opener – thanks to a rare Aymeric Laporte error – wrong-footing ‘keeper Ederson, and shortly after the South Korea star netted a sumptuous effort from 15 yards to put his side ahead on the night.
Spurs’ advantage was short-lived.
As the Blues pushed forwards, Sergio Aguero turned provider to find Bernardo on the right-wing, the Portuguese fortune to see his shot deflect off Danny Rose past Huge Lloris. 2-2. Carnage.
If four goals in the opening 12 minutes of the game were not enough, Manchester City added their fifth on the 21-minute mark. Kevin De Bruyne the provider again, sending a pinpoint cross to the far post to find the waiting Raheem Sterling.
For all their work, Manchester City needed another goal to put themselves through, though. Sterling came close to finding his hattrick from a David Silva cross, and De Bruyne brought out the best in Lloris with a piledriver minutes later. But there was nothing the Frenchman could do to stop Aguero from finding the back of the net from a trademark angle.
Tottenham needed to come again. So what did they do? Exactly that. Fernando Llorente bundled the ball into the back on the net from close range and despite a VAR check for a supposed handball, the referee awarded the goal.
With just 15 minutes to find another, Manchester City pressed on. And within two minutes of injury time, they found their reward. Aguero finding Sterling, who glided around the box to put the ball into the back of the net…only for it to be ruled offside by VAR moments later. Cruel.
City deserved more.
Kevin De Bruyne landed the Man of the Match award for his excellent efforts, but we cannot look past Raheem Sterling as our ‘unsung hero’.
What a player. The winger hardly put a foot wrong last night and, as far as we are concerned, was robbed of a victory. His two goals gave City hope, and his last – which was cruelly disallowed – ripped it away. But that should not defer us from his sensational performance.
Sterling was on it last night from start to finish. Sharp on the ball and even more so off it, he was an absolute nightmare for Spurs defenders – buzzing around without giving them a moment’s rest. Truly an elite player these days and someone well worth his £108m Transfermarkt rating.
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