Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, right, celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
And on Tuesday Sadio Mane exploited a big hole in the middle of the defence for Mo Salah’s first goal, while Otamendi made an inexplicable mistake for Roberto Firmino’s victor.
After losing the first leg 3-0, City were leading through Gabriel Jesus’s opener and Guardiola thought they had scored again when Leroy Sane prodded home. “I told the lads to wake up because it was not good enough and I said we were sitting too deep”, he said.
Pep Guardiola’s side raced out of the blocks and made things interesting when Gabriel Jesus latched onto Raheem Sterling’s cutback with just two minutes gone.
With five minutes left until the break Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot from the edge of the area was into Ederson’s midriff – and seconds later Bernardo Silva’s deflected strike crashed off the post as City were within an ace of going 2-0 up.
“I said it was goal, I didn’t insult him”, he said, according to the Daily Telegraph.
At the end of the half, City coach Pep Guardiola confronted Lahoz to complain about the decision and the referee responded by sending him to the stands. “He likes to be special”, Guardiola said in an interview for the Champions League.
Guardiola added: “I know [the referee] from Spain”.
“I was right, I was correct”.
“The referee is a special guy, he likes to be different. I didn’t say any wrong word”.
“It’s different when [Mo] Salah’s goal at Anfield is offside”, Guardiola said.
FORWARD THINKING: City made the ideal start with an early Gabriel Jesus goal. “Of course that has an influence”.
Liverpool are now in the hat for Friday’s semi final draw, where they will be joined by Roma and two of Bayern Munich, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Juventus.
“The whole team kept them out last Wednesday because the three up front were defending”.
After a glorious attacking display in the first leg, Liverpool did exactly what they had to do in Manchester and deservedly took their place in the semifinals of the competition for the first time in 10 years.
For all Guardiola’s complaints about the officials over the two games, City’s 5-1 aggregate defeat was the latest in a growing line of failures in the competition for the Catalan. “Now we have a mini-Premier League and we have to close it”. Now we are there together – so that’s quite a cool moment and I’m really happy about it.