Man City and Spurs lauded across Europe’s paper after incredible night in Champions League for English teams setting up ‘mega semis’

EUROPE was in awe seeing Tottenham's heroics against Manchester City in the 4-3 Champions League thriller yesterday.

Newspapers across the continent have labelled the enthralling game "completely crazy" and talk up the "mega semis" between Barcelona and Liverpool.

Man City and Spurs lauded across Europe’s paper after incredible night in Champions League for English teams setting up ‘mega semis’4 French newspaper L'Equipe calls yesterday's clash between Tottenham and Man City 'completely crazy'
Man City and Spurs lauded across Europe’s paper after incredible night in Champions League for English teams setting up ‘mega semis’4 Sport talks up 'mega semis' between Barcelona and Liverpool

The Reds demolished Porto 4-1 on Wednesday with Sadio Mane opening the scoring – thanks to a little help of VAR – to set up a blockbuster clash with the Catalans.

Meanwhile, four goals were scored in just 11 minutes at the Etihad, but it was Fernando Llorente's late strike – also surviving VAR's scrutiny – that fired Spurs to the semi-finals.

The referee used video footage to rule that Llorente did not use his hand to tuck the ball away, before denying Raheem Sterling a hat-trick and ending City's Quadruple hopes.

And Pep Guardiola's yet another failed pursuit of Champions League glory gained the most attention of European news outlets.

AS leads on Guardiola coming off second best against Mauricio Pochettino, with its front page featuring the Spurs coach embraced by his stars Heung-Min Son, who scored a double, and Llorente.

The Spanish newspaper also quotes Guardiola saying that Llorente's game-winning goal "looked like handball from one angle, and it didn't from another".

'GAME OF MADNESS'

Pro-Real Madrid Marca focuses on Pep's defeat too, having a little dig at City's gaffer by using a snap of him celebrating Sterling's goal before the decision was overturned.

It highlights that Guardiola had to "back down" again and notices that it is now his sixth project in the post-Barcelona era which has failed to claim the Euro crown.

L'Equipe hails the Etihad clash as "one of the most beautiful games of the year".

The French paper's front page reads "completely crazy" and features Hugo Lloris embracing Spurs hero Llorente.

But Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo felt sorry for Guardiola, claiming that City were "knocked out" in a "game of madness".

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Meanwhile, Sport brands Barcelona's upcoming clash with Liverpool as "mega semis", saying the La Liga champs are facing yet another barrier they need to break.

The Spanish side have never eliminated Liverpool in knock-out stages of European competitions – with their last meeting dating back to 2007.

And Portuguese paper A Bola claims that Porto and the Reds were "separated by the line" with VAR "killing the Dragons' dream", alluding to Mane's opener.

Man City and Spurs lauded across Europe’s paper after incredible night in Champions League for English teams setting up ‘mega semis’4 Marca says Pep Guardiola had to 'back down' again after Champions League exit caused by Spurs
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