Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-min has described his side’s quarter-final second leg match against Manchester City as the craziest he had ever been involved with.
Son scored twice in the first ten minutes to give Spurs a 2-1 lead on the night after Raheem Sterling had opened the scoring in the first five minutes but City levelled just a minute after his second goal and would take the aggregate lead just before the hour mark.
Sterling was on target again in the 21st minute and Aguero scored what looked like it might be the winning goal in the 59th minute of a match played at a frantic pace.
Then with 17 minutes left in regulation time, Fernando Llorente bundled the ball into the back of the City net from a corner with VAR ruling he had not handled the ball.
“I have never seen something like this, It was a very tough game, a very crazy game. But we are very proud of our team-mates. It was madness,” Son said after Spurs progressed on the away goals rule.
“Sometimes you are annoyed with VAR but today it is ‘thank you and good decision’.
“We fought together for 90 minutes. We showed unbelievable character and fight.”
VAR was on hand to help out Spurs Christian Eriksen who committed a terrible error late on and he turned back towards his own goal and played a pass to nobody in particular that Aguero pounced. The replays showed that Aguero was offside and the goal scored by Sterling would not stand.
The Dane spoke of his relief after Spurs clinched their first Champions League semi-final since they reached the last four of the European Cup in 1984.
“I think I must be one of the luckiest guys on the planet today. With the last one they scored, I thought it was over. Thank God the ref gave offside,” Eriksen said.
“The whole game was a roller coaster, it was goals, goals, goals, goals and drama everywhere.
“It was a fun game to play but I’m lucky we’re on the good side.”
Son will miss the first leg of the semi-final against Ajax Amsterdam after picking up a booking in the second half to go with the caution he earned in the first match against City.