Champions League 2019: Viral tweet after Manchester City loses to Tottenham
Manchester City supporters were delirious with joy but the fat lady hadn’t sung yet and when she did, all hell broke loose.
The blue half of Manchester went wild when Raheem Sterling slotted home what it thought was a last-gasp winner against Tottenham but pretty soon its entire world crumbled around it.
The goal would have given the Sky Blues a 5-4 aggregate victory in their Champions League quarter-final and sent them through to the final four, but while they were going bonkers, the VAR intervened.
Replays showed Sergio Aguero, who set up Sterling, was offside and the goal was taken off the home team. City won the match 4-3 but Spurs went through to the semi-finals after scoring more away goals in the tie as the aggregate was locked at 4-4.
The sheer heartbreak on Manchester coach Pep Guardiola’s face when his team’s dream was ripped away was reflective of how all City fans were feeling and a tweet from the club’s official account came back to haunt it as the rest of the world revelled in the Premier League giant’s defeat.
After Sterling found the back of the net but before the goal had been taken away, Man City sent out this tweet. It was so excited it couldn’t think straight, let along type properly.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 17, 2019
But moments later when the VAR became Tottenham’s saviour, it was a completely different tale. In the ultimate act of schadenfreude, Man City haters from across the internet delivered the most brutal replies as ecstasy turned into agony for Guardiola and Co.
The tweet went viral, receiving 11,000 comments, more than 85,000 retweets and being liked more than 167,000 times. People just couldn’t get enough of rubbing City’s nose in its catastrophic failure.
Here are some of the best replies to the tweet to grace the Twittersphere.
That doesn’t spell disallowed
— David Cassells (@b1gdav3y) April 17, 2019
Tottenham now faces a Champions League semi-final against Ajax after the Dutch side progressed with a 3-2 aggregate win over Juventus.
Spurs lead 1-0 from the first leg but a frantic opening 21 minutes at the Etihad saw five goals. Sterling put City level on aggregate with a stunning, curling shot from just inside the area in the fourth minute. But two errors from Aymeric Laporte in three minutes allowed Son to score twice and give Spurs a 2-1 lead and 3-1 on aggregate.
Bernardo Silva’s deflected shot levelled the score at 2-2 on the night just 60 seconds later.
Sterling’s second and then Aguero’s second-half strike finally put City in command of the tie. But then VAR took over as Spurs went through on away goals.
BBC pundit Alan Shearer said Llorente’s goal should have been ruled out.
He said: “I was surprised at that. It has definitely hit his arm first and then on to his hip so I didn’t think that goal would have stood.”
Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle said on BT Sport: “An unbelievable game and great character from Tottenham and City.
“Over the two legs Tottenham deserved it. You need a bit of fortune but VAR has won the day.”
With The Sun
Originally published as Viral 39-letter tweet breaks the internet