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UCL: Five Talking Points As Liverpool, Tottenham Take First Leg Advantage

It was a memorable night of Champions League action on Tuesday night when the first leg of the quarter-finals were played at Anfield where Liverpool defeated Porto 2-0 and at the Tottenham Stadium where the host beat Manchester City 1-0.

Remarkably, the game between Tottenham and Manchester City was their first meeting in European competition and it was the 157th time both teams have met in all competition, which is quite historical as Spurs claimed the first victory.

However, the victory was not without a sacrifice as their prolific striker, Harry Kane limped out of the game and has been confirmed ‘not available’ for the second leg at the Etihad Stadium next week.

Also at Anfield, Roberto Firmino scored and assisted as Liverpool took a 2-0 advantage against Porto. The Brazilian forward have now been directly involved in more goals in the Champions League. He has scored 12 goals and created 8 assists and only Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed him.

Here are five talking points from both matches.

CITY YET TO GET IT RIGHT WITH ENGLISH TEAM: Manchester City was knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-final by Liverpool last season.

Again, they were paired against Tottenham, but the Cityzens failed to learn from their previous errors and despite their impressive form, failed to score as Spurs’ lone goal by Son Heung-Min made the difference.

They now face an uphill task of avoiding a repetition of the mistakes of last season ahead of the second leg as Tottenham have progressed to the next round on each of the last nine occasions they’ve won the first leg of a European knockout match (excluding qualifiers).

SON SHINES AGAIN IN TOTTENHAM NEW STADIUM: Tottenham modern history will not be complete without the inclusion of Son Heung-Min’s record in its archives.

When Spurs finally moved to their new Stadium, the first game they played was against Crystal Palace and it was Son that scored the very first goal in the Stadium.

The victory against Manchester City was the first UEFA game to be played in the Stadium and the South Korean forward, Son, it was again, that scored the lone goal which handed Mauricio Pochettino a 1-0 advantage ahead of the second leg.

VAR PROPOSED LLORIS SAVED: The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee in the Champions League has indeed helped officials to make some right decisions.

When Raheem Sterling dashed inside Tottenham box 18 and fired a shot, Danny Rose glided to block the ball, but his arms deflected the shot.

The referee had to consult the pitch side screen for VAR’s decision and afterwards pointed to the spot for a penalty.

Sergio Aguero stepped forward to take the kick and Hugo Lloris guessed right to make a save and prevented Manchester City from taking the lead.

The Tottenham shot-stopper has now saved three penalties in all competition this season.

KLOPP REACHES 400 VICTORIES LANDMARK: Liverpool kept their hope of reaching another Champions League final in view with a 2-0 victory against Porto at Anfield.

The victory means a lot to both the players and the manager; Jurgen Klopp as it will make their second leg duty lesser having defeated Porto 5-0 in Portugal last season.

The Reds have never lost a European match against FC Porto in six previous encounters (W3 D3 L0).

Also, the victory was Klopp’s 400th win as a manager in all club competitions. It was his 111th victory with the Reds after winning 180 games with Borussia Dortmund and 109 with FSV Mainz 05.

KANE LEFT THE PITCH IN PAINS: Tottenham will play their second leg game without their striker Harry Kane who limped out of the pitch after a hard tackle from Fabian Delph.

Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that the England international twisted his ankle and could have damaged his ligament.

This means he is out for the rest of the season and could hamper Spur’s top four hopes in the Premier League.

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