Fernandinho reacts to Manchester City’s dramatic night in two words

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VAR would intervene once more when Raheem Sterling looked to have nicked it for City right at the end, but Sergio Aguero was ruled off-side in the build-up and the atmosphere in the stadium changed with the flip of a switch as the home players and fans realised the goal had been disallowed and we'd be going through after all.

Even Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, one of the more vociferous critics of VAR, accepted that on this occasion, his side had benefited from the technology.

"It is cruel but it is what it is and we have to accept it", said Guardiola, whose dream of winning four titles this season is now over.

Son Heung-min, their match-winner in the first leg and the hero on the night after twice capitalising on poor giveaways by City defender Aymeric Laporte in the first half, declared their progression to a last-four clash with Ajax as "madness".

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Raheem Sterling was among the Manchester City stars preparing for their rematch against Tottenham on Sunday. City equalised through Bernardo Silva a minute later and were leading again after 21 minutes as Sterling scored his second.

However, a Fernando Llorente goal confirmed by VAR in the 73rd minute put the pressure back on the home team. City pushed them deeper and deeper toward their own goal, and the pressure told when Aguero scored from De Bruyne's pass on 59 minutes to put Guardiola's team ahead for the first time in the tie.

The scoreline only told a portion of the incredible drama after Raheem Sterling thought he had completed a match-winning hat-trick in injury time - sparking scenes of bedlam at the Etihad Stadium not seen since Sergio Aguero's unforgettable title-sealing victor against Queens Park Rangers in 2012. The Brazilian displayed his frustration on the VAR decision at the end of the match which turned the tie on its head by deeming Raheem Sterling's would-be 93rd minute victor to be offside.

Jurgen Klopp's men appear to have the kinder run-in, with City travelling to Old Trafford for a Manchester derby after completing their Spurs trilogy. Perhaps Guardiola & Co. can take solace in knowing they will get another shot at Spurs on Saturday, in the Premier League.

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City had 15 minutes to save their Champions League campaign.

The current Premier League champions must win in the early kick-off to return back to the top of the table, above rivals Liverpool. This team has the personality and mentality to believe all is possible.

"But to reach a semifinal in the Champions League, you need fate, good spirit, lots of preparation in preseason". That is a massive achievement for us.

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