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Loading… Top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also quashed the rumours, stating hiring the 73-year-old would mean returning the Super Eagles to the 80s. “The news is all a hoax as some people are trying to be mischievous,” a NFF source told Goal. Former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth manager, Harry Redknapp, has debunked speculation linking him to the Nigeria job. “Even if Nigeria ever thought of having a new coach, it would definitely not have been Redknapp. Hiring him would mean returning the Super Eagles to the 1980s, which is ridiculous. “Our boys haven’t done badly under Gernot Rohr, so why should we dump him at this critical moment? We in the NFF believe in him and we will let him continue with his good work for the next few years.” This was echoed by another NFF chief, who added: “I don’t know about this. Everyone has been calling me about this and I am in my house under lockdown. “The only thing that I know is that we just extended Gernot Rohr’s contract. We sent him an agreement and he will reply to the General Secretary. As far as I know, we have not discussed anything about another coach and we don’t know where this is coming from.” read also:Redknapp: Mourinho should not have taken Spurs trio to training ground Besides managing Spurs and Portsmouth, Redknapp also coached West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Bournemouth and Southampton. His last coaching job was in 2017 when he managed Championship side Birmingham City. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Englishman was rumoured to have been contacted to take over from Gernot Rohr in the event where the Franco-German tactician fails to secure a new deal with the Super Eagles. However, on Tuesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed they have reached an agreement with Rohr to continue as coach of the three-time African champions. In his reaction, Redknapp laughed off the claims, joking he would sell his house and leave for Africa along with his wife. “Yeah, well I spoke to Sandra and she’s always wanted to live in Nigeria,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “She said it’s amazing that this has come up now, because that was her dream. So we’re looking to sell up, we’re putting the house on the market. We’re looking to get somewhere over there if possible. I’m sure, she’d love it there. I’ve told her, she’d absolutely love it. I’m ready to go!” Speaking seriously, Redknapp added: “I actually went there a few years ago with Portsmouth, we played Manchester United, but I don’t think I’ll really be going back.” Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By MysteryWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made
By Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the Champions League on away goals after a 4-3 (aggregate 4-4) defeat to Manchester City in a breathtaking quarter-final second leg game yesterday.Spurs, who won the first leg 1-0, will play Ajax Amsterdam for a place in the final against Liverpool or Barcelona after one of the most remarkable matches in the competition’s history.There were four goals in the opening 11 minutes of the game and non-stop action right up until the dramatic finale to an astonishing contest, when City had a stoppage time goal from Raheem Sterling, which would have sent them through, ruled out for offside after a VAR review.City fans had celebrated what looked like the goal that sent them into the last four before the replay confirmed that Sergio Aguero was offside in the build-up.It was a perfect example of the benefits of using technology but it was also cruel on Pep Guardiola’s side who had been the stronger over the 90 minutes. The contest exploded into life in the fourth minute when Sterling put City in front, receiving a ball from Kevin De Bruyne on the left flank and then cutting inside onto his right foot before beating Hugo Lloris with a beautiful, curling shot into the far corner.Three minutes later though, Spurs drew level when City’s French defender Aymeric Laporte’s attempted clearance fell straight at the feet of Son Heung-min whose low shot flew in off the leg of City keeper Ederson. Laporte was also at fault for Spurs’ second in the 10th minute when he gifted the ball to Lucas Moura, the Brazilian feeding Christian Eriksen who found Son, the South Korean finishing superbly into the far corner.STRUCK AGAINCity responded immediately, however, as Aguero fed Bernardo Silva and the Portuguese winger’s left-foot shot deflected off Danny Rose and beat the wrong-footed Lloris to make it 2-2 on the night.The dangerous Sterling struck again in the 21st minute to level the aggregate score, ghosting in at the back post to convert a low cross from De Bruyne that had zipped across the face of the goal. A thundering strike from Aguero in the 59th minute put City in the driving seat again – the Argentine blasting in at Lloris’s near post after a magnificent burst forward and perfectly weighted pass from De Bruyne.City were stunned though in the 73rd minute when Spurs substitute Fernando Llorente bundled in a Kieran Trippier corner to restore the London club’s advantage through away goals.With officials unsure if the ball had bounced off the Spaniard’s hand or rolled off his hip in the goalmouth scramble, VAR was called into action and the goal stood for Spurs. Then came the stoppage time video torture for the home support as Aguero burst down the right flank and delivered a low cross for Sterling to slot home what would have been his hat-trick goal.The VAR call was correct and the Premier League champions were out – to the delight of Mauricio Pochettino and his players who celebrated wildly in front of the travelling Spurs support.Tottenham have reached the last four in Europe’s premier competition for the first time since the introduction of the Champions League format. The London club had reached the semi-final of the European Cup in 1962, losing to eventual winners Benfica.