A VAR-FETCHED ending to an all-time great Champions League tie has turned Manchester City’s failed bid for quadruple silverware into comedy gold for Twitter.
And it also enabled social media to unveil Mauricio Pochettino‘s finest signing for Tottenham – a smartly-dressed chap going by the name of “VAR”. Although City fans might think the newcomer’s full name should be be Jammy Var-glee after Spurs’ late double Var whammy.
Tottenham sneaked into the semi-finals on away goals after VAR allowed Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente’s 73rd-minute goal but ruled out City star Raheem Sterling‘s hat-trick effort in stoppage time.
Never before has VAR been so dramatic in a match that was sensational even without its intervention.
And social media pounced on the pains and gains of such raw excitement.
One fan tweeted a panoramic shot of the Etihad crowd, emblazoned with the huge message: “TO VAR IS TO DO.”
And memes abounded of the contrast in City’s reactions as they celebrated Sterling’s “goal” – then reeled as it was erased by video replays for an offside against Sergio Aguero.
Not surprisingly, the reverse transformation in the Spurs ranks was also splashed around in an array of videos.
Even Tottenham’s two-goal hero Son Heung-min admitted: “It was madness. Sometimes you are annoyed by VAR but today it is ‘thank you’.
“I have never seen anything like this. It was tough and crazy, an unbelievable night.”
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Steling agreed, saying: “I have never heard noise like that since I have been in Manchester but football is unpredictable.”
And midfield team-mate Christian Eriksen said: of the night: “It was a roller-coaster. It was goals, goals, goals, goals.
“It was weird because you could expect anything.”
He was right about that – and that includes the electric reaction on social media as fans went VAR beyond the call of duty with their memorable responses.