Tottenham vs Ajax: How Spurs could have won European Cup in 1962 if VAR had been in existence


Tottenham vs Ajax: How Spurs could have won European Cup in 1962 if VAR had been in existence

In their thrilling Champions League quarter-final win against Manchester City, Tottenham were hugely thankful for VAR.

First Fernando Llorente’s crucial third goal, which turned out to be the one to send Spurs through, was allowed to stand after referee Cuneyt Cakir checked footage and ruled the striker had not handled the ball prior to it going in.

City thought they’d won but VAR intervened

Then in injury time City thought they scored the goal they needed to progress to the last four when Raheem Sterling struck from close range.

However, replays showed Sergio Aguero was marginally offside and the goal was chalked off. meaning Tottenham were through to their first European Cup semi-final in 57 years.

But had video assistant referees existed in 1962 Spurs might have been the first English side to win the prestigious competition.

Legendary Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson was convinced officials got it wrong in their semi-final first leg at Benfica where the prolific Eusebio was the star.