Man City 1 – Liverpool 2
Manchester City’s Champions League dreams went up in smoke on Tuesday night at the Etihad Stadium.
Liverpool, 3-up from the first leg, fell behind after just two minutes when Gabriel Jesus scored.
But after City failed to add to their tally in the first half, Liverpool turned the scoreline in the second forty-five.
Mo Salah – who else! – levelled for the Reds, before Robero Firmino scored the killer second to seal a 5-1 aggregate win.
Pep Guardiola rages about Man United’s Ashley Young
After the match, Pep Guardiola couldn’t hide his frustrations with the match officials.
Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz sent Guardiola off at the break after the City boss complained about the decision to chalk off Leroy Sane’s goal.
But Guardiola also vented after the game about more decisions in the Liverpool second leg. That included the claim that Raheem Sterling should have won a penalty when fouled by Andrew Robertson.
In packaging his complaints together, Guardiola harked back to last weekend derby defeat to Man United.
City felt they should have had a penalty when Ashley Young took out Sergio Aguero in the box.
After Liverpool, Guardiola took the opportunity to slam ref Martin Aktinson while comparing him to Lahoz:
It’s the same from the last game, against United. Seventy-eight minutes, the most incredible penalty I ever saw in my life, and Martin Atkinson didn’t want to whistle.
Both teams are so, so good, these kind of decisions make the difference. Congratulations to Liverpool but, in the right moment, we missed the right decisions.
I said it [Sane’s effort] was a goal. I didn’t insult him, I was polite, I was correct. But Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special.
I know what happened in Monaco last season, at 1-1, with an incredible penalty from Sergio Aguero. He’s special. When everybody sees things, he likes to decide the opposite. I didn’t say any wrong word.