Guardiola: The referee is a special guy

Guardiola: The referee is a special guy

The odds were stacked against the Citizens coming into the tie, but they got off to a dream start, with Gabriel Jesus scoring on two minutes.

After being dumped out of the Champions League, the City manager stated: "Congratulations to Liverpool first of all".

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino claimed a slice of history in Liverpool's victory over Manchester City on Tuesday, becoming the club's most prolific goalscorers in a single European Cup or Champions League campaign.

Leroy Sane should have been awarded City's second but referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz incorrectly ruled he was offside.

Kevin De Bruyne fired over the bar and Sane had a shot deflected wide.

"It would have been different to go in 2-0. That's why he sent me off", Guardiola said after the game.

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A pass was played through to Sane and although Ederson came to close him down the ball found its way to Salah, who kept his composure to level on the night with a superb chip over the covering Otamendi and leave City needing to score four more goals to go through.

Van Dijk became the fourth Liverpool player shown a yellow card, booked for a foul, as City brought on Sergio Aguero for David Silva in a desperate search for new inspiration.

City threatened again with De Bruyne shooting at Loris Karius and Bernardo Silva curling a shot wide before having another deflected on to
the post.

City were unable to maintain their pace after the break and paid the price as Liverpool made the most of their first decent spell of possession.

Liverpool wrapped up the tie 13 minutes from time when Firmino pounced on an Otamendi mistake and slid a calm finish past Ederson. We will be back stronger in this competition next season.

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