Champions League mayhem: Tottenham and the beautiful game both winners.
We tell you what, Wednesday night’s clash is exactly why you pay to watch football. What. A. Game.
Raheem Sterling was the first on the scoresheet in an exhilarating tie when he collected Kevin De Bruyne’s perfectly placed pass on the wing before cutting inside the helpless Trippier to pick out the far bottom corner.
City had barely finished their celebrations before Son Heung-Min dealt a double blow – both goals resulting from uncharacteristic mistakes from Aymeric Laporte. The second, the pick of the bunch, a sumptuous curled shot into the top right.
The excitement was not over, however. Straight from kick-off City went on the offensive, Bernardo Silva collecting Aguero’s ball from the middle and, rather, fortunately, seeing his shot deflect off the feet of Danny Rose into the back on the net.
Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne were at hand again to give the hosts the lead, the Belgian finding the winger at the back post with pinpoint accuracy. And this was all before the break. Madness.
Son and Sterling both had chances for their respective sides soon after the break but were unlucky not to add to their tally, Lloris coming to Spurs’ rescue.
The next goal came under controversial circumstances. Fernando Llorente, the scorer, was accused of handling the ball inside the box before it found the back of the net. VAR was used, but the goal stood. Advantage Spurs.
In a cruel twist of fate, it would be VAR that denied Manchester City of an almost certain winner. Sterling thought he put his team through from Aguero’s cross, but the Argentinian was adjudged to have been offside before collecting the ball from Bernardo Silva.
In what was easily one the games of the season, we cannot look past Son Heung-Min as our Unsung Hero.
Though almost everyone else on the team returned pretty average ratings, Son put in a truly phenomenal individual performance to hoist his side into the next round.
Stepping in to fill the huge boots of Harry Kane has come so naturally to the South Korean, and his relentless work last night shows why Spurs need not worry while he is running the line.
His industrious offensive efforts in the first half returned two wonderful goals, and his defensive work in the second helped Tottenham see the game over the line.
A late break at the end of the match shows just how much passion and energy this man has.
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