& # 39; I think it's handball & # 39 ;: Rio Ferdinand maintains that Fernando Llorente's crucial goal against Manchester City should not have existed as a Tottenham reserve in the Champions League semi-final
- Tottenham booked in the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday
- Fernando Llorente scored the crucial goal that Tottenham moved on to the final four
- Mauricio Pochettino & # 39; s side went on after a 4-4 tie on total
- Llorente & # 39; s goal was controlled by VAR, but it was ultimately at Etihad Stadium
Rio Ferdinand claims that the crucial goal of Fernando Llorente, which sent Tottenham to the Champions League semi-final, should not have taken place.
Llorente turned the ball from a Kieran Trippier corner home but the goal was sent to VAR for a possible handball from the Spanish striker to Etihad.
After a long VAR check, the referee – Cuneyt Cakir – finally gave Tottenham the goal, but there were suggestions that it was handball and Ferdinand supported it.
Fernando Llorente scored the crucial goal that Tottenham sent to the Champions League semi-final
The goal was controlled by VAR for a possible handball but it was eventually given by the referee
The ball hits Llorente & # 39; s body before settling into the goal in the second half of the game
After the final whistle, while Pep Guardiola's dream of winning the four-fold was destroyed, the former Manchester United man said to BT Sport: & that's not his fault. I think it hit his arm. View the skin on his arm.
& # 39; The skin of his arm is moving. I'm just saying the ball hit his arm, then it's up to the referee to decide if it's handball or not. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; I think it's handball, frankly. I am not stripped that he got the goal, but I think it is handball. & # 39;
Meanwhile, the former Glenn Hoddle, a man from Tottenham, believes that awarding the goal was the right decision.
Hoddle argued: & I think that if it hits his arm, it won't enter that force. It has gone from his hip, from a hard part of his body. & # 39;
Rio Ferdinand believes that Llorente has handled the ball for Tottenham's decisive goal
The large screens on the Etihad inform the supporters that the goal has been checked
The defeat comes as a huge blow for Guardiola, mainly because he saw a late goal from Raheem Sterling refuse during the injury time, which would make City against Ajax against the semi-final.
But after the game, the Spanish manager insisted that City should go further because they wanted to defend their Premier League title.
& # 39; Yes, it's hard. It's cruel but we have to accept it. It was a fun game for everyone, & he said.
& # 39; We did everything in the second half. We scored the goals we needed, but congratulate Tottenham and all the best for the semi-final. & # 39;
The two teams meet again on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League, while City looks forward to bouncing back in style and continuing their attack on the title.
Pep Guardiola drops to his knees after a late goal from Raheem Sterling was excluded in injury time