The City skipper was at the hub of a game that threatened to boil over at times, but says it was a good test and experience for his team.
“I think we tried to win the game and play our way but for them, it was important to get the point and qualify as well,” said Fernandinho, who got a vital 90 minutes under his belt.
“They fought the whole game to get the draw and go through.
“I think it's important for us as well because we wanted to confirm top spot; we controlled the game and created some chances to score.
“Unfortunately, we didn't score any goals, but it is still an important step for us to secure first position in the group.”
Ferna also praised the impact of compatriot Gabriel Jesus who was unlucky to see a late goal ruled out by VAR.
Jesus came off the bench and added more threat to City’s attack and but for an earlier offside in the move, almost claimed the winning goal.
“Always he is alert and he showed his quality but it was unlucky it was offside,” he said.
“I'm glad for him because he changed the game with his pace and his desire.”