Tottenham have earned a Champions League semifinal clash against Ajax, beating Manchester City on away goals after a 4-3 defeat secured a 4-4 aggregate score in one of the games of the season on Wednesday.
Tottenham were aided by two huge VAR decisions that allowed to them to score the decisive third goal when Fernando Llorente bundled in off a combination of his arm and hip.
With City leading 4-3 and the aggregate score reading 4-4 in favour of Tottenham on away goals, Raheem Sterling’s stoppage time goal sparked wild celebrations at the Etihad Stadium before it was overruled when VAR adjudged Sergio Aguero offside in the buildup.
But luck wasn’t the reason for Pochettino’s success as he leads Tottenham in the Champions League semifinals for the first time despite not buying a single player in the last two transfer windows due to the restraints from the move to their new stadium.
Uefa have confirmed the Champions League semifinal dates with Tottenham Hotspur hosting Ajax Amsterdam on April 30 in the first leg at the refurbished White Hart Lane stadium.
The return leg will be played at Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8.
In the other semifinal, last year’s runners-up Liverpool head to the Nou Camp to play Barcelona in the first leg on May 1 with the return leg at Anfield six days later.
The final will be played at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the Spanish capital on June 1.
By Arnold Olando