Nigel de Jong scores a spectacular goal at Anfield - only his second ever in sky blue - to put City within sight of the Carling Cup final. De Jong's 25-yard strike puts the Blues level on aggregate with Liverpool in the second leg, but the hosts draw level just before half-time thanks to a hotly-disputed penalty.
Micah Richards was adjudged to have handled in the box but the decision was harsh to say the least - Steven Gerrard wasn't arguing and tucked home the spot-kick.
City weren't quite finished, however and Edin Dzeko's 67th-minute goal put the Blues back in the driving seat, much to the delight of 8,000 or so travelling Blues.
The joy lasted just seven minutes as former City favourite Craig Bellamy levelled the scores on the night to put Liverpool back in front on aggregate - an advantage they saw out to win the tie 3-2 overall.
City produce a stunning Sergio Aguero-inspired second-half comeback in the FA Cup 4th round against Watford to triumph 4-2 at the Etihad.
The Blues had been stunned after the Championship side opened up a 2-0 first-half lead through Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney - a lead the Hornets held until the 59th-minute.
Then it was the Aguero show as he pulled City back into the game with the first of his treble and then levelled the scores 15 minutes later.
With the match seemingly headed for a replay, Aleks Kolarov's speculative effort squirmed under the body of keeper Jonathan Bond with four minutes remaining to put City ahead and there was still time for Aguero to complete his hat-trick in the second minute of added time.
City end an epic FA Cup third round tussle with Huddersfield by winning a second replay 3-0 at Leeds Road.
The Blues had dramatically drawn level in the original tie seven minutes into added time to secure a 2-2 draw in West Yorkshire 16 days earlier before the teams again couldn't be separated following a 0-0 draw at Maine Road.
With in the region of 10,000 City fans making the short trip across the Pennines, Andy Hinchcliffe, David White and Imre Varadi secure a 3-0 win for the Blues who are rewarded with a fourth round trip to Blackpool.
Take us to Wembley!
City face Everton in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi final on Wednesday 27 January, in what's set to be a thrilling night of cup football at the Etihad.
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