Moussa Sissoko says he did not realise Tottenham had qualified for the Champions League semi-finals at Manchester City's expense.
Raheem Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick in added time to send City through 5-4 on aggregate, but the goal was dramatically ruled out for offside.
Christian Eriksen gave the ball away in his own half but Bernardo Silva touched the ball on to Sergio Aguero, meaning the forward was offside before squaring to Sterling.
Sissoko, who was replaced in the first half due to injury, revealed he was unaware Sterling's late strike had been disallowed as he had gone to the dressing room.
"At 4-3, it's extra-time, we thought we were going to do it, then I'm on the bench, and they scored this goal for 5-3," Sissoko told reporters.
"When I see that they score, I'm in all my mood, I go back to the dressing room so I didn't see that the goal had been cancelled, so in my head we were eliminated.
"And it was one of the staff members who told me, when he came back to the dressing room, "Incredible! We did it!'', I said, 'How did we do it?', he said, 'Yes, the goal was cancelled!' So at that moment I put on a T-shirt, I ran outside to celebrate with my team-mates.
"I forgot the injury and ran away because it was an emotional shock. It's a great thing, to be qualified for the semi-final, for us players and the club, it's something historic. I had to celebrate this qualification with everyone."
Tottenham lost their first two group stage matches but bounced back brilliantly to reach the knockout rounds, with Ajax now awaiting in the semi-finals after they downed City on away goals after Wednesday's 4-3 second-leg loss.
Spurs will be without Son Heung-min due to suspension in the first game and Harry Kane is injured, while Ajax have accounted for Real Madrid and Juventus in the last two rounds.
Captain Hugo Lloris, though, says Pochettino's side can go even further having reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history.
"Anything is possible at this stage of the competition, qualifying as we did... beat Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City," Lloris said.
"Even if they [Ajax] are still young players, they are already a great team. We have to take all the chances on our side to believe in the achievement.
"For the club, it's historic but we don't want to stop here."
Difficult to describe what happened tonight! Thanks for the amazing atmosphere! We all deserved better... Tonight we feel sad, tomorrow we forget and go 100% for the PL and the FA Cup pic.twitter.com/GyO9gtJw62— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) April 17, 2019
City boss Pep Guardiola said it was a "cruel" way to settle a thrilling Champions League quarter-final, ending their quadruple hopes in the process, but Bernardo Silva defended the use of VAR.
Before Sterling's late goal was ruled out for offside, VAR checked a Spurs goal by Fernando Llorente that seemed to brush his arm before bouncing in off his leg.
"I think VAR is a good thing because it helps the referees make better decisions, so no problems with the VAR," Silva told reporters.
"Obviously I've had the opportunity to watch the last goal from Tottenham and the ball hits the hand [of Llorente]. No doubt about that, then the referee took his decision, so we have to respect it."
21 de mayo 2019
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|Archer, Dawson named in England squad|
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|Three-time F1 champion Niki Lauda dies aged 70|
|Pochettino or Sarri for Juve? We´ll see – Lippi|
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20 de mayo 2019
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|Ebden and Seppi shocked in Geneva, Humbert shines at Lyon Open|
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|Bernardo Silva makes Champions League pledge after winning Man City award|
|Henin impressed by Halep ahead of French Open defence|
|I love you, I´m out - Departing Kompany has his mic-drop moment in City´s trophy parade|
|Abelardo opts to leave post as Alaves coach|
|Magic Johnson points finger at Pelinka after Lakers power struggle|
|Junaid deletes inflammatory tweet following World Cup squad omission|
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|PSG insist Mbappe will stay despite forward´s ´new project´ comments|
|Former Salford forward Turgut hospitalised with ´severe injuries´|
|Potter takes over as Brighton and Hove Albion boss|
|Ancelotti happy at Napoli amid Juventus links|
|Hemel Stags on course for Ottawa relocation, New York club a work in progress|
|Nadal overtakes Federer´s top-10 streak|
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|Scotland appoint Kilmarnock boss Clarke|
|I´ll keep my place if Pogba arrives at Madrid – Kroos|
|Kroos: Madrid struggles ´normal´ after Champions League dominance|
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|Double amputee Monger stunned by Grand Prix de Pau triumph|
|Walter to take over Stuttgart from next season|
|Giannis expects Milwaukee to buck their ideas up after Game 3 loss|
|Bolivian FA confirms death of referee Victor Hugo Hurtado|
|Australia opener Burns leaves Lancashire for personal reasons|
|Record-breaking female driver Chadwick lands Williams development chance|
|Semedo cleared of concussion to boost Barcelona|
|Iguodala questionable for Game 4|
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|Wahab, Amir and Asif named in final Pakistan World Cup squad|
|Bale staying at Madrid impossible as Zidane is ´not keen´ - Calderon|
|Kroos agrees Real Madrid extension to 2023|
|Gundogan to renew contract talks with Manchester City|
|Folau opts not to appeal against Rugby Australia ban, still considering options|
|Nadal clear French Open favourite – Djokovic|
|Nedved: No Juve decision amid Sarri and Inzaghi links|
|Gil Marin: We need players totally committed to Atletico|
|Gardner´s big game helps Yankees pull away from Rays|
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