The game had a little bit of everything but, following a flurry of early goals, plenty of tense moments and a bit of late VAR drama, Spurs sealed their place in the Champions League semi-finals. Then, in injury time as Spurs looked to run down the clock, Christian Eriksen gave the ball away and Manchester City thought Sterling had completed his hat-trick and scored the victor.
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.
This followed a 10-minute passage without a goal - nearly like an eternity in comparison, before Raheem Sterling scored again and put the host side in the lead.
Then Lloris pulled off a wonder save as De Bruyne fizzed a shot in from 15 yards just three minutes later as the Blues looked to go ahead in the tie on aggregate for the first time.
"I must be one of the luckiest guys on the planet tonight", he said. I have to thank god for the first time that the referee gave an offside!
City are - somehow - out of the Champions League after one of the most dramatic games the Etihad has ever seen. "VAR was 100 percent correct in its decision-making".
AS say the Premier League club's economic situation isn't great, and their reasoning for this is the cost of the new stadium.
Tottenham hero Son Heung-min admitted he was struggling to sum up his emotions after his side secured their first Champions League semi-final spot. In the second half we created a lot of chances and we scored the goals we needed.
"It was unbelievable the way the game finished".
"We will try to win the game in the same way we did, knowing that we are playing against a very good team". We were wrong, very wrong. But as the home fans celebrated and the devastated Spurs players slumped to the turf, the referee determined that Sergio Aguero was offside before crossing to Sterling. So it'll be fun to go back to play in the Arena.
City didn't deserve to lose this game, but somehow, over two legs, we have. When the executive committee of UEFA announced last December in Dublin that they would be introducing VAR from the knockout stages of the Champions League this season, they started a process which culminated in a once-in-a-generation event at the Etihad on Wednesday night.