The French team made the perfect start, stifling Manchester City’s attacking play, and eventually took the lead after 24 minutes thanks to Maxwell Cornet’s innovative finishing touch from outside the box.
In the second half, the English team strengthened the pressure, and finally the pressure, as Kevin De Bruyne calmly scored the net to equalize the score before substitute Moussa Dembele scored two goals to lead Lyon.
Belgium midfielder De Bruyne said that after another heartbreaking exit from the competition, he was “not good enough”.
“It’s definitely the same things,” he told BT Sport after the match. “I think the first half wasn’t good enough.” “I think we know that.
“We started slow, we didn’t have a lot of options. I think the second half, we played really well. We went back 1-1, had two chances, obviously 2-1, and then the game ended 3-1. It’s a shame to go like this. method.
“The match was open but they didn’t really create except for my two goalscoring opportunities. Yes, we need to learn. It’s not good enough.”
With its stars and famous manager, Manchester City were hugely favorites to beat Lyon.
But the French team showed its flexibility in the second leg against Juventus in the previous round, and managed to outperform Cristiano Ronaldo and his company, despite having nearly five months without football.
Its durability has been tested from the start. Manchester City dominated possession from the start, but failed to create any golden opportunities.
In the end, Lyon’s ability to counterattack led to the first goal of the match. A ball was played behind City’s defense to be managed by Karl Toko Ekambi to eventually reach Maxwell Cornet, and with City goalkeeper Ederson exiting his own net, Cornet fired a superb shot into the near post from about 20 yards away.
The rest of the first half was played as planned by Lyon and coach Rudi Garcia. Manchester City controlled the ball without creating many clear chances while Pep Guardiola’s side looked to be on the break.
After the half-time break, the match opened and after an attacking switch by Guardiola, City began to create chances at will.
The pressure eventually paid off, with England international Raheem Sterling freeing him with some gentle moves to get him back to De Bruyne to finish the match.
It looks like there will only be one winner. However, Lyon’s Dembele thought differently, catching a through ball near the halfway mark and finishing under Ederson. This was followed by a tense VAR check but after a few minutes of waiting, the goal was scored.
Even though City were at the back, he created better chances and the best of them was a dip to Sterling. Some clever dribbling and a cross from Gabriel Jesus left Sterling with an open goal from just five yards, but he sent the ball skyward and over goal.
The error proved costly. After just 59 seconds, Lyon scored another goal and Dembele pounced on Ederson’s poor save to send the French club into the quarter-finals for the first time in nearly 10 years.
The result means that during Guardiola’s tenure at the club, Manchester City failed to get past the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Although he believed his team played well for most of the match, Guardiola lamented that Manchester City could not play without errors in the Champions League.
“One day we will break that gap in the quarter-finals,” he told BT Sport after the match. “Except for the first 25 minutes where we struggled to find spaces to attack them more fluidly, the players are playing freely.”
“And the last 15 minutes of the first half were good. The second half was good, we were there. I had a feeling we were better, but you have to be perfect in this competition in one game and we weren’t.”