Man City vs Tottenham VAR controversy: Llorente goal gives Spurs the lead again

Rishabh Gupta
|Published 17/04/2019

VAR controversy hit the Champions league again as Fernando Llorente scored with his thigh for Tottenham vs Manchester City to give Spurs the lead again.

A high-voltage drama panned out in the game between Manchester City and Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium.

The match saw five goals in the opening 21 minutes with City scoring thrice, as Raheem Sterling bagged a brace. The host side continued to dominate possession and Sergio Aguero gave the side a lead in the tie for the first time.

However, Manchester City’s lead was short-lived, as Fernando Llorente, who came on as a substitute for Moussa Sissoko, scored a rather uncanny goal with his thigh.

Justifiably, referee seek the assistance of VAR to determine whether it was a goal or not.

VAR controversy in Man City vs Tottenham:

Fernando Llorente scored the goal with his thigh, but referee was unsure as there were some misgivings over a handball.

The referee then went to VAR and awarded the goal to Tottenham.

Take a look at the drama which unfolded at the Etihad Stadium:


If Tottenham manages to hold on to the lead, the side will face Ajax in the semifinal of the Champions League.

Manchester City, meanwhile, will face a second consecutive exit from the quarterfinals of the tournament. Interestingly, it was another Premier League side, Liverpool, who defeated Man City in this stage last season.

What next?

This won’t be the final meeting between the two sides this week. Manchester City and Tottenham also play each other in the Premier League on Saturday, as City aims to stay alive in the title race.

Tottenham, meanwhile, can’t afford to drop points as well, as they face an intense battle for the top-4.

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Rishabh Gupta

Rishabh Gupta

A sports enthusiast. Sports, I believe, is one of the few powers which help us grow, both as an individual and society. With each day, in the rich world of sports, I grow.

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