DPep-Curse continues: Manchester City's star ensemble failed after Tottenham Hotspur's quarter-finals in the Champions League quarter-final after a crazy game of records. The City Elf was not enough to beat the English league rivals 4: 3 (3: 2) in front of their home crowd to make it 1-0 in the first leg – in stoppage time the supposed 5: 3 was not recognized on video evidence. "There was a lot in the game. That was certainly good for football. But bitter for us, "said City Captain Vincent Kompany.
Tottenham's guarantors of success were the former HSV and Leverkusen professionals Heung-Min Son (7/10) and Fernando Llorente (73), who scored the only goal after video evidence. For City, who started in the starting eleven without Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gündogan, met in a turbulent beginning Raheem Sterling (4/21) and Bernardo Silva (11). After the 4-2 by Sergio Agüero (59.) City was briefly in the semifinals, but then came Llorente. "It was crazy, we got them back in the game, but then they fought great," Sky's Son, who was yellowed in the semi-final first leg, said: "It's a great pity I will not be in the first game. "
Starting coach Pep Guardiola thus experienced the next disappointment in the premier class. The Catalans won the Henkelpott only with FC Barcelona (2009 and 2011), then he failed both with Bayern Munich and City always before the final. Tottenham, however, wrote history and moved for the first time in the semifinals of the Champions League, the Londoners are the first time since the Uefa Cup victory in 1984 in a European semi-finals. There the Spurs meet the favorite fright Ajax Amsterdam, who has already eliminated Real Madrid and Juventus Turin.
City began furiously five weeks after the 7: 0 against Schalke at the same place. Only 3:51 minutes were played when Sterling after passing by Kevin de Bruyne blew the ball into the far corner. For Manchester, it was the fastest Champions League goal in history. And it remained historic: The ex-Leverkusen Son brought Tottenham with a lightning double in just 130 seconds in the lead. City now had to score three goals, the first succeeded Bernardo Silva almost in return. Four goals in the first eleven minutes meant another king class record.
The same was true for the five goals after 21 minutes – Sterling continued with the 3: 2 the round. Afterwards, the encounter remained thrilling, intense and full of excitement. BVB-defeated Tottenham, whose England defender Dele Alli played from the start in spite of a broken hand, was now lower but more confident. After the break City was rewarded for his morale, as de Bruyne brought with his third goal original Agüero perfectly in position. City thought he was in the semifinals, but then Llorente hit his hip.