- Lyon who finished their Ligue 1 season in 7th, somehow overcame Guardiola’s Manchester City
- Moussa Dembelle came from the bench to score two pivotal goals for the French side
- Raheem Sterling missed a glorious opportunity to equalize late in the game
- Lyon will face Bayern Munich in the semi final
Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by French side Olympique Lyon in yet another extraordinary quarter final match in Portugal.
The Citizens, who went into the game as large favorites to face Bayern in the semis, were guilty of being extremely blunt in front of goal and were eventually made to pay by the French side, who finished seventh in the Ligue 1 last season.
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Both sides cancelled each other in the opening exchanges, with Guardiola’s side dominating possession but lacking the cutting edge in front of goal.
Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who has been superb for City this season, looked sharpest among his team mates but was forced into long range freekicks from acute angles.
Against the run of play, Lyon snatched the lead in the 24th minute when a through ball to striker Karl Toko Ekambi was slotted home by Maxwel Cornet.
The goal sparked the game to life and with City pressing for an equaliser but Guardiola’s men simply could not find the cutting edge in front of goal.
Guardiola was perhaps guilty of fielding a fairly tame squad at the start of the game, with the likes of David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva all starting in the bench.
The introduction of Mahrez in the second half seemed to rejuvenate City who, for all their attacking intent, found the equaliser through De Bruyne who slotted home a Raheem Sterling cutback in the 69th minute
From then, City looked to have an overwhelming edge as they pressed on for a winner but their defensive fragility were once again exposed.
Lyon stole the ball from the half way line and Houssem Aouar fed a sleek ball which was met and slotted home by Moussa Dembele.
There was a brief check for a possible offside and foul for the goal but the goal eventually stood. Lyon 2, Manchester City 1.
Perhaps the moment of the game came late on when Raheem Sterling found himself with the goal at his mercy but somehow, the England forward blazed over the bar.
That miss by Sterling seemed to seal City’s fate as barely a minute later and another swift Lyon attack saw substitute Dembele secure his brace after an error from goalkeeper Ederson.
City tried to mount a comeback late on but it was simply not their day as the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Sterling were simply not clinical enough on the day.
The result came with a devastating implication for Pep Guardiola as the Spaniard kept up his unwanted record of failing to go past the quarter final of the competition with Manchester City for yet another season.
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