Tottenham Squeezes Past Manchester City, Liverpool Complete job in Porto
Ajax, Barcelona, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are this season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finalists.
Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham: Champions League at a glance
Tottenham reached the last four of this competition for the first time since 1961/62 on a thrilling night at the City of Manchester Stadium.
An astonishing start spawned the quickest five goals in a match in UEFA Champions League history with the lead changing hands twice.
Raheem Sterling produced two clinical finishes to put City 1-0 and 3-2 up, the latter after Heung-Min Son had struck twice in four minutes to give Tottenham a 2-1 advantage.
Bernardo Silva’s deflected effort within a minute restored parity.
Hugo Lloris denied Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson repelled substitute Fernando Llorente’s header early in the second half, before City took the lead for the first time in the tie when Sergio Agüero rifled in their fourth.
Spurs did not buckle, though, and Llorente diverted Kieran Trippier’s corner past Ederson to settle a sensational game.
Man of the Match: Heung-Min Son
Not just the key player in Manchester but across the tie, Son’s display here – particularly in that madcap first half – set the tone for Tottenham.
The forward’s first goal may have relied on an element of fortune, but his second was a magnificent curling strike; Son also led the line relentlessly throughout and provided the crucial goals in the absence of Harry Kane.
His fist-pump to the bench following his second here underlined just how much this meant to the Korean – and how much it means to the club he has fired to a maiden UEFA Champions League semi-final.
6: City have lost their last six UEFA ties in which they lost the away first leg.
7: Tottenham are the seventh English club to reach the #UCL semi-finals, with England overtaking Spain as the competition’s most successful country in this respect.
18: Spurs have won 18 of the 20 UEFA ties in which they won the home first leg.
20: Tottenham have scored in their last 20 UEFA Champions League matches.
98: City have scored a total of 98 goals during their 26 competitive home games this season.
Porto 1-4 Liverpool
Liverpool set up a mouthwatering UEFA Champions League semi-final date with Barcelona as their vaunted strikeforce proved too good for Porto.
The Portuguese side trailed 2-0 after the first leg and gamely sought a way back into the tie early on. Yet the gig was effectively up when Sadio Mané struck midway through the opening period, timing his run perfectly to tap in Mohamed Salah’s cross.
Salah made sure himself after the hour on the counterattack after a Trent Alexander-Arnold through ball, and half-time substitute Roberto Firmino soon got in on the act as he met Andrew Robertson’s centre. Éder Militão pulled one back but Virgil van Dijk had the last word with a thumping header.
Man of the Match: Roberto Firmino
Klopp raised plenty of eyebrows by leaving Firmino on the bench, but the Brazilian made a decisive contribution at both ends after entering the fray, winning the ball back inside his own half in the build-up to Liverpool’s second before nodding in the Reds’ third from close range.
Firmino is the only player to feature in all 38 European fixtures under Klopp – he will hope to make it 41 before the end of the season.
8: Liverpool have never lost a European match against Porto (W5 D3).
10: Liverpool have played ten two-legged European ties under Klopp and won them all.
2: The Reds are through to their 11th European Cup semi-final and second in a row – they have never reached the semis three seasons running.
2: Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets in their last 16 UEFA Champions League games away from Anfield.
2: Porto have lost two of their last 22 competitive home fixtures.
10: Mané has scored ten goals in his last ten appearances in the knockout stages.