Tottenham end Man City's quadruple hopes after mesmerizing clash

    Fernando Llorente celebrates his winning goal.

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    • Man City 4-3 Tottenham (Agg: 4-4)
    • Tottenham advance on away goals

    (CNN)Manchester City and Tottenham played out one of the most enthralling Champions League matches in recent memory, exchanging four goals in the opening 11 minutes to set the tone for a pulsating encounter.

    When Raheem Sterling got the game's fifth -- and City's third -- after 21 minutes, it was the fastest five goals had ever been scored in the Champions League, eclipsing the previous record of 24 minutes set by Dortmund and Legia Warsaw in 2016.
      Sergio Aguero made it 4-2 on the night 15 minutes into the second half, putting City ahead in the tie for the very first time.
        Just as it was looking like the hosts would put Spurs to the sword, a period of Tottenham pressure ended with substitute Fernando Llorente bundling home Kieran Trippier's corner to once again swing the tie in the visitor's favor.
        With the game ticking into the final moments, Christian Eriksen's error allowed Aguero to cut the ball back to Sterling to score what appeared to be the winner. Tottenham's players were crestfallen, sat helplessly on the turf, as Pep Guardiola sprinted wildly down the touchline.
        Mauricio Pochettino celebrated wildly with his players at full time.
        But seemingly from nowhere, the big screens inside the Etihad announced a VAR check was in progress for a potential offside against Aguero.
          The entire stadium held its breath and when referee Cuneyt Cakir overturned the goal, it was as though the Etihad's energy had been deflated in an instant. Ecstasy to agony in the blink of an eye.
          The crowd fell silent as Cakir blew the whistle for full time, save for the small pocket of delirious and disbelieving Tottenham fans in the far corner.
          "I must be one of the luckiest guys on the planet I think," Eriksen told BT Sport after the match, a nervous smile plastered across his face.
          "I think it was one of toughest games, it was unbelievable how it finished," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino told BT Sport. "I'm so happy, so proud of my players. They're fantastic, all heroes.
          "I'm so happy for them, for our fans, for everyone. But we have to get ready for Saturday," he laughed, referring to Tottenham's Premier League clash against City.

          Four-goal flurry

          In the build up, with the tie finely poised after Tottenham's 1-0 win in the first leg, most believed the Londoners held a slender advantage over their northern rivals.
          But City are formidable opponents on home soil, having already scored 48 goals in all competitions so far this season. It now seems ludicrous that another four against Spurs Wednesday still wouldn't be enough.
          It took just four minutes for Sterling to level the tie on aggregate, cutting inside Trippier's non-existent challenge and curling a delightful finish into the far corner.
          Raheem Sterling put Manchester City ahead after four minutes.