Man City Out
“Disallowed Sane Goal Changed The Game”
Gabriel Jesus thinks Leroy Sane’s incorrectly disallowed goal in Manchester City’s Champions League defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday “changed the game”.
City were eliminated after Liverpool claimed a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium, the Reds progressing to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate having cruised to a 3-0 triumph at Anfield last week.
Pep Guardiola’s men made a strong start to the return leg, with Jesus scoring in just the second minute and proving a livewire in the opening period.
But Sane had a goal disallowed just before half-time. He was deemed offside despite being in a legal position when the ball fell to him after bouncing off James Milner, rather than a City player.
The decision angered Guardiola and his reaction at the interval resulted in him being sent to the stands, with Liverpool ending any hopes of a comeback through goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
“We Beat The Best”
Jurgen Klopp insisted his Liverpool side overcame the best team in the world after second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealed an authoritative Champions League quarter-final win against Manchester City.
Needing a considerable feat of escapology following last week’s 3-0 first-leg defeat at Anfield, City led inside two minutes through Gabriel Jesus as the “thunderstorm” Klopp foresaw in his pre-match news conference came to pass.
Bernardo Silva hit the post and Leroy Sane had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside but Liverpool held out, leaving Salah and Firmino to clinically punish a flagging City after the break.
That did not mean Klopp was about to waver in his admiration of old adversary Pep Guardiola and his side, who have now suffered three of their seven defeats to Liverpool this season.
Guardiola Slams Referee
Pep Guardiola accused referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz of being “a special guy” who “likes to be different” following Manchester City’s Champions League exit to Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side overturned Gabriel Jesus’ opener thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to seal a 2-1 second-leg win at the Etihad Stadium and a 5-1 aggregate triumph in the quarter-final tie.
City were dominant in the first half and thought they had scored a second goal before the break through Leroy Sane, only for the effort to be disallowed for offside, despite Liverpool’s James Milner having touched the ball into the German’s path.
A furious Guardiola confronted Mateu Lahoz at half-time and was sent to the stands for his protests, from where he watched his side offer meek resistance against the improved visitors.