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Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur

17th April 2019, 22:42 by Gareth Freeman

Manchester City have been knocked out of the Champions League by Spurs despite a 4-3 win as Fernando Llorente grabbed the crucial goal.

City trailed 1-0 after the first leg in London and were eliminated on the away goals rule with Llorente hitting the decisive seventh goal on the night from a Christian Eriksen corner.

The hosts made the perfect start and led after just four minutes when Raheem Sterling cut inside and placed the ball beyond Hugo Lloris after being picked out by Kevin De Bruyne.

Spurs levelled matters within three minutes as the ball fell kindly to Son Heung-min on the edge of the area and his effort beat Ederson as the City keeper couldn't get enough on the ball with his legs to keep the shot out.

The visitors were 2-1 ahead after just 10 minutes as Son grabbed his second after Lucas Moura pounced on a heavy touch from Aymeric Laporte.

Spurs surged forward and Eriksen found Son, who curled a superb shot beyond the reach of Ederson.

Moments later the hosts were level however, as Bernardo Silva's deflected effort trickled past Lloris but City still had a mountain to climb.

It was 3-2 to City before the midway point of the first half when Sterling converted from close range from a De Bruyne cross to complete a frantic opening at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs managed to hold the Premier League champions at bay for the rest of the first half but City improved after the break and Lloris did well to deny De Bruyne with a one-handed save as the hosts applied pressure.

Sergio Aguero gave Pep Guardiola's side the lead for the first time in the tie just before the hour mark with a first-time shot from a tight angle after being brilliantly played in by De Bruyne.

It looked as if City men were going to continue their quest for a quadruple but Spurs won a corner on 73 minutes and Llorente got the crucial touch as the ball was diverted into the goal off his hip.

There was a long break for a VAR decision but eventually the goal was allowed to stand, and City were left needing another goal.

Spurs managed to survive an onslaught until stoppage time but then Sterling found the back of the net after Eriksen gave away possession cheaply, only for the decision to be overturned by VAR as Aguero was offside in the build-up.

Spurs are through to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time and will face Ajax in the next round.

The two sides meet again in the Premier League on Saturday as City continue their push for domestic glory and Spurs battle for a top four finish.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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