If you like goals, Wednesday’s Champions League Quarterfinal match-ups were definitely for you.
Manchester City and Tottenham combined for 4 of them in the first 11 minutes. That’s the first time so many goals were scored so quickly in Champions League history.
ESPN FC summed it up well:
YOU GET A GOAL! YOU GET A GOAL! YOU GET A GOAL!— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 17, 2019
4′ Man City 1-0 Tottenham
7′ Man City 1-1 Tottenham
10′ Man City 1-2 Tottenham
11′ Man City 2-2 Tottenham pic.twitter.com/tYmVTGnEey
The goals didn’t stop there for either of today’s match-ups.
Catch your breath for a minute. What a Wednesday.
Tottenham Defeat Manchester City on 4-4 Away Goal Aggregate
In a utterly shocking and thrilling game that almost broke Twitter, Tottenham Hotspur did everything they could to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory — yet the VAR soccer gods bailed them out in the final minute of stoppage time.
Goals came plenty and early. City leveled the quarterfinal draw right away as Raheem Sterling scored in the 4th minute off a Kevin de Bruyne feed.
Son Heung-Min immediately said to himself, “I see you, Raheem Sterling” and put Spurs up in the 7th minute after taking advantage of a Aymeric Laportefailed clearance.
Son wasn’t done, finding the net AGAIN three minutes later.
Lucas Moura won a challenge near the halfway line and found Son who put a dazzler in the top corner. After 10 minutes, Spurs led the game 2-1 with a seemingly safe aggregate lead of 3-1 (meaning City needed to score three more times because of away goals).
City scored one minute later.
11 minutes, four goals.
Sterling struck again in the 21st (of another KdB assist), leveling the aggregate 3-3. At that point, it felt like a City win was inevitable.
The game went to half-time still level on aggregate 3-3.
In the second-half, Sergio Aguero found the back of the net in the 59th (off another KdB assist), giving City that inevitable aggregate advantage. That had to be it right? City would just pull away, because that’s what City does?
Fernando Llorente — who had come on earlier for an injured Moussa Sissoko — put Spurs back on top on aggregate in the 71st minute with a ball off his hip from a corner. Right place, right time. From there, it was a white-knuckler of a finish.
The refs added 5 excruciatingly long minutes of stoppage time, and City went on the uber-attack. Nearing the final minute of stoppage, Aguero got the ball in the box and fed Sterling who struck again for the hat trick, sending City to the lead and the 2019 Champions League semifinals! Pep Guardiola was bouncing on the sidelines like a Spanish leprechaun who found a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. City had done it again.
Except they didn’t.
VAR ruled Aguero off-sides in the build-up. Ball game.
Spurs advance 4-4 on aggregate away goals to face Ajax. City again collapse in the Champions League quarterfinals despite having what most recognize as the best team in Europe. Dreams of a quadruple evaporated by VAR.
Liverpool start poorly before pouring it on
We at High Press Soccer often write on how fluky soccer can be on a game-by-game basis. This tweet from Ryan O’Hanlon from No Grass in the Clouds perfectly sums that up (moments before Porto scored, way to jinx it O’Hanlon):
Porto have taken more shots than Liverpool, City, and Tottenham combined. They’re the only ones who haven’t scored yet.— Ryan O’Hanlon (@rwohan) April 17, 2019
Porto dominated Liverpool in the first-half of their Leg 2 match-up, yet Liverpool found themselves up 1-0 after 45 minutes.
Jurgen Klopp made some key second half substitutions, and Liverpool ran away with the game 4-1, advancing on a 6-1 aggregate. They’ll face Barcelona in the semifinals that suddenly feels much more like the actual finals.
For more on this one, read the full Liverpool vs Porto Leg 2 game report.