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Man City 1-3 Lyon: Super Sub Dembele nets twice to see off City and set up semi final berth

Pep Guardiola has never taken Manchester City past the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Think of just how this City side have dominated English football since his arrival. It’s frankly bonkers that they’ve never made it to the last four. Gabriel Jesus is slumped on the turf.

His teammates are down there with him. There will be no winners’ medals for the Blues this term.

Their 2019-20 campaign has come to a close with a loss that, if not as resounding as Barcelona’s yesterday, still feels like it has left shockwaves in its wake.

The Champions League just loves a surprise, doesn’t it?

Lyon have prevailed, against the odds, in Lisbon to set up a dream tie with Bayern Munich in the last four.

After two late goals from super sub Moussa Dembele on the counter-attack saw them cancel out Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser, breaking the hearts of Manchester City.

The Blues were favourites right up until Maxwel Cornet’s first-half strike and even then looked like they could pull it back.

But they are instead heading back to England empty handed. It’s Lyon who stay in the reckoning today – at full-time.

MATCH STATS

Manchester City (3-1-4-2): Ederson; Fernandinho (Mahrez 56′), Eric Garcia, Laporte; Rodri (Silva 84′); Walker, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Cancelo; Gabriel Jesus, Sterling

Subs not used: Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Mendy, Otamendi, Foden, Doyle, Palmer, Bernabe

Booked: Fernandinho, Rodri

Goal: De Bruyne 69′

Lyon (3-5-2): Lopes; Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal; Dubois (Tete 74′), Caqueret, Guimaraes (Mendes 70′), Aouar, Cornet; Toko Ekambi (Rene-Adelaide 87′), Depay (Dembele 75′)

Subs not used: Diomande, Andersen, Da Silva, Traore, Thiago, Cherki, Jean Lucas, Tatarusanu, Bard

Booked: Dubois, Marcelo

Goals: Cornet 24′, Dembele 79′, 87′

Referee: Danny Makkelie (Holland).

Guardiola won the competition twice in his first three attempts while he was with Barcelona but has not even made the final since 2011.

This represented a chance for him to become only the sixth manager in history to win the competition with two different clubs and only the fourth – after Bob Paisley, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane – to win it three times. It is the legacy he deserves.

They should have taken the first step towards the semi-finals in the third minute when a clever ball from Joao Cancelo inside the full back allowed Raheem Sterling to get free inside the Lyon box.

Sterling tried to pull the ball back to Gabriel Jesus who was unmarked in the middle but it was kicked away by Fernando Marcai.

Raheem Sterling compounded City’s misery with an astonishing open-goal miss five minutes from time and Lyon promptly confirmed their shock victory when substitute Moussa Dembele scored his second goal of the night.

City should have made more of the opportunity. It was the best one they were going to get for the rest of the half.

Lyon may have come into the game as heavy underdogs but they played with assurance and composure from the start.

Their hunger in the press and their speed on the counter attack unsettled City who, for once, looked slow and laboured.

It soon became evident this was not going to be the stroll for Guardiola’s side so many had predicted.

John NM
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