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Spurs squeeze past City into semi after epic battle at Etihad

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Tottenham advanced on away goals into Champions League semifinals following a 4-3 loss that left the teams tied 4-4 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Manchester City's quadruple dreams were extinguished. Pep Guardiola, a Champions League winning coach with Lionel Messi's Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, failed to reach the semifinals for the sixth straight time, his third with City after three misses with Bayern Munich.

Instead, Tottenham reached to its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years and will play Ajax. Liverpool meets Barcelona following a 6-1 aggregate win over Porto, giving England multiple clubs in the semifinals for the first time since Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in 2009.

Tottenham advanced thanks to Fernando Llorente's hip, which nudged the ball into the net in the 73rd minute for a goal that survived a VAR review for possible handball. It was the last goal of a night that will be long remembered by clubs that lived in the shadows of larger rivals in their own cities.

Tottenham will play the first leg against Ajax without Son Heung-min - Harry Kane's understudy. Son scored the first two goals, then picked up a booking for a foul on Kevin De Bruyne that earned him a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.

In the Premier League, Tottenham are far from competing what would be its first English title since 1961. Coping without any new signings this season, the team is fighting for a top four finish and a Champions League places. 

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