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Lucas Moura Was ‘Practically Crying’ After Sterling Stoppage Time ‘Goal’

Spurs winger Lucas Moura says he was ‘practically crying’ when it seemed that Raheem Sterling’s 92 nd minute strike had knocked them out of the Champions League at the death.

Spurs went through on away goals after a breathless 4-3 defeat at the Etihad, but City thought they had snatched it in stoppage time, only to see Raheem Sterling’s strike chalked off by the VAR for offside.

Lucas admits he had already begun processing the disappointment, telling Esportivo Interativo, “I was on the bench for Sterling’s goal and from the bench you can’t see if it’s offside or not. So I was there in distress, so my reaction was to bow my head.

“I was practically crying, mourning it already and listening to the noise of the stadium during the celebration. But when I lifted my head to look at the screen, I see that it was disallowed, and it was a blast.

“Man, really, it’s hard to explain. It’s the first time I have gone through this. All I could do was look up, thank God, there were only a few minutes to go. I guess it was meant to be that way.

“I think it was for us to qualify. Because our team fought hard, we had a great match there in London, and today we came here against one of our favourite teams. I think that the qualification was deserved. Now we rest and think of Ajax, which is sure to be difficult.”


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