Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has thanked goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for ‘getting him out of trouble’ in last night’s Champions League victory over Manchester City.
As written by the Mirror, Rose conceded a first-half penalty after he was adjudged to have handled a Raheem Sterling shot, but Lloris was on hand to deny Sergio Aguero from 12 yards.
Referee Bjorn Kuipers made the decision after receiving guidance from the Video Assistant Referee and reviewing the footage on a pitchside monitor.
To say the decision was controversial would be somewhat of an understatement, with pundits, supporters and ex-referees all debating it on social media.
Spurs went on to win the match 1-0, with Son Heung-min scoring the only goal 12 minutes from time to take a lead to the Etihad Stadium a week today.
Rose, who was making his 28th appearance in all competitions at left-back this season, admitted that it hit his arm but felt he was unfortunate to have the decision go against him.
The England international said:
It did hit my arm and I didn’t think my arm was outside my body. But the referee said it was and if VAR wasn’t there I would have got away with it. But he’s given it and luckily Hugo got me out of trouble. Even though it was after 13 minutes, it was a game-changing save. Sometimes they go for us, and tonight it went against us. I’m not sure I can complain.
Before the second leg of the quarter-final, Mauricio Pochettino’s men host already-relegated Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday.