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Manchester City Knocked Out Of The Champions League By Lyon

Ryan Sidle

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Manchester City Knocked Out Of The Champions League By Lyon

Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League quarter final by Lyon, in a 3-1 loss, as the French side pulled off a second huge upset in just over a week.

Lyon players celebrate at full time. Image: PA Images
Lyon players celebrate at full time. Image: PA Images

Pep Guardiola's side were hoping to avoid a shock exit, after the French side defeated Juventus in the last 16 and RB Leipzig knocked out Atletico Madrid earlier this week.

However City found themselves 1-0 down after Maxwell Cornet scored in the 24th minute, when he was the first to respond to a brilliant tackle from Aymeric Laporte, as the Premier League side struggled to get going in the first half.

In the second half Guardiola's men began to turn up the pressure but Rudi Garcia's side stood strong for the first 25 minutes.

Eventually the former Barca man brought Riyad Mahrez on for Fernandinho and moved Kevin de Bruyne into the middle, the change worked as the Belgian equalised with a nice finish in the 69th minute.

Most then expected to City to go on and win the game easily, however the Ligue 1 side, who haven't qualified for Europe next season after finishing seventh, once again took the lead.

The ball was played to Karl Toko Ekambi on a counter attack for Lyon. The striker was in an offside position but the forward made no play at the ball, instead letting it go through his legs.

Moussa Dembele ran onto the ball but the City players were slow to react, as they appealed for offside, and former Celtic man scored, despite Ederson getting a hand on the ball.

Raheem Sterling had the perfect chance to make it 2-2 with four minutes to go but in front of an open net from yards out the winger somehow put the ball over.

That was a huge moment for City as Lyon went up the other end as Dembele scored his second of the night, following up a shot after Ederson made a huge mistake.

There were just 59 seconds between the miss at one end and the decisive third goal at the other end, with Sterling heavily involved in City's elimination from the competition's quarter final for the second year in-a-row, after his goal against Spurs was ruled out for offside last year.

De Bruyne nearly made it 3-2 deep in injury time from a free kick from an angle but Anthony Lopes was equal to it and tipped the ball over.

The loss it yet another blow to Guardiola and the City boss will have some serious questions to answer after he changed the system for the game, as he has done in similar Champions League eliminations.

Lyon will now face Bayern Munich in the semi-final on Wednesday whilst PSG and RB Leipzig play in the first semi final on Tuesday.

Who will win the tournament next Sunday? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Pep Guardiola, Ligue 1, Premier League, England, Champions League, Lyon, France, Raheem Sterling

Ryan Sidle
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