Fernando Llorente’s controversial goal earns Tottenham victory over Man City

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Tottenham have qualified for the Champions League semi-finals following a dramatic 4-4 aggregate victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Fernando Llorente’s controversial 73rd-minute goal was allowed to stand following a VAR review - although the decision has split opinion among football fans.

Kieran Tripper’s corner was bundled in by the Spurs substitute, who appeared to turn the ball past Ederson with his hip.

However, there are suggestions that the ball came off the Spaniard’s arm first, in which case the goal should have been disallowed. (Make your mind up by watching the video at the bottom of this page).

The result means that Spurs have reached the semi-finals and will now face Ajax over two legs - although there was late drama when Raheem Sterling had a goal disallowed for offside.

The start of the first half was more dramatic than anybody could have expected.

Four goals were shared between the two teams inside the opening 11 minutes - a Champions League record.

Another Champions League record then fell when Sterling netted his second goal of the night in the 21st minute.

The previous record for the fastest five goals in a Champions League match was Borussia Dortmund v Legia Warsaw (24 minutes). That match, back in November 2016. ended 8-4 to Dortmund.

The in-form Sterling broke the deadlock in the third minute with a beautiful finish past Hugo Lloris.

However, Son equalised minutes later with a shot that Ederson failed to keep out.

The South Korea international then produced a superb finish to put Spurs 2-1 up on the night.

But Bernardo Silva’s equaliser in the 11th minute put City level - and 3-2 down on aggregate.

It was then 3-3 on aggregate in the 21st minute when Sterling grabbed his second of the night.

Fortunately for the crowd and everybody else watching from home, they were able to catch their breath as no further goals were scored before the half-time interval.

Rio Ferdinand’s reaction in the BT Sport studio summed the opening 45 minutes up perfectly…

Kevin De Bruyne had already set up two of City’s goal and he made it a hat-trick of assists on the hour-mark, setting up Sergio Aguero, who slammed the ball past Lloris.

There’s been lots of talk recently about whether Aguero, Mo Salah, Eden Hazard or Virgil van Dijk is the best player in the Premier League right now - but let’s not forget about De Bruyne who, on his day, is as good as anyone.

City were now 4-3 up on aggregate but knew Spurs would still go through to the last four if they scored again before full-time.

Subsequently, the hosts continued to push forward in search of a fifth goal.

However, Llorente's controversial goal made it 4-4 on aggregate with 18 minutes left to play.

Did the ball come off the Spaniard's arm? VAR ruled in favour of the Spurs striker and the goal was given.

As things stood, Spurs were now going through to the semi-finals.

Sterling thought he'd won it at the death but his goal was ruled out for offside.

Watch the dramatic final incident here...

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