Champions League - Quarter-finals
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By Phil McNultyChief football writer
Moussa Dembele
Four of Moussa Dembele's seven Champions League goals have been against Manchester City

Manchester City's Champions League ambitions are in ruins once more after Lyon shocked Pep Guardiola's side in the quarter-final in Lisbon.

City started as firm favourites but came out second best against a fiercely determined Lyon in a game that swung on controversy and uncharacteristic errors in the closing stages.

Lyon went ahead in the 24th minute with Maxwel Cornet's smart finish but City, lifeless as Guardiola chose to play a three-man central defence, looked to have been revived by Kevin de Bruyne's precise strike from Raheem Sterling's pass after 69 minutes.

Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, on as a substitute, restored Lyon's lead in contentious circumstances 11 minutes from time, the video assistant referee ignoring what appeared to be an obvious foul by the goalscorer before he ran on to beat Ederson.

City pressed for the equaliser but Sterling was guilty of an atrocious miss, somehow sending his finish over the top of an open goal from Gabriel Jesus' pass.

It proved to be hugely expensive as seconds later Lyon set up a semi-final meeting with Bayern Munich when Dembele scored his second after Ederson fumbled a shot from Houssem Aouar's routine shot.

Guardiola must take responsibility

Guardiola has rightly been showered in plaudits for the wonderful football and success he has brought to Manchester City - but his biggest target remains elusive and this was a miserable night for the manager.

Guardiola, who has been accused of over-thinking his approach in the Champions League before, adopted a three-man central defensive system and chose to leave many of City's creators and manipulators on the bench.

Lyon deserved respect after eliminating Juventus but this was a ploy that took it too far and resulted in a stuttering City lacking urgency and creativity.

He eventually introduced Riyad Mahrez after the break to some effect but Lyon were offered hope and encouragement by Guardiola's approach and showed magnificent grit and resilience to secure the win.

City will rightly claim an injustice over the VAR decision that did not penalise what appeared to be a foul on Aymeric Laporte by Dembele but the team defending for the second goal was horrific, with every City player bar keeper Ederson in the Lyon half when the goal was created when the game was finely balanced at 1-1.

City and Guardiola have suffered Champions League disappointment before but this may hurt more than any other - and make no mistake, the much-feted Catalan must take his full share of responsibility for a flawed game plan.

Lyon deserve credit

Lyon's celebrations were wild at the final whistle - and who can blame them after a magnificent victory against many experts' favourites after previously knocking out Juventus despite another stellar contribution from Cristiano Ronaldo?

The French side dug deep, rode their luck at the right times, especially with Sterling's ghastly miss, and when offered the opportunity put City away.

Dembele showed the poacher's instinct that made him so highly prized at Celtic and has made him a success in France to score the two goals that saw off City.

Bayern Munich will be hot favourites after their astonishing 8-2 demolition of Barcelona but this revamped knockout format has already produced its share of surprises and Lyon have shown they must not be written off.

Man of the match - Kevin de Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne scored City's goal and attempted 17 crosses, almost three times as much as anyone else - although he only completed 23 of his 39 passes

'We're not getting carried away' - reaction

Goalscorer Moussa Dembele speaking to RMC Sport: "We are still in it, which means we have a great team.

"We are taking it game by game, not getting carried away. We will try to be ready for Bayern."

Match stats - Cornet and Dembele match Messi

  • Lyon's Rudi Garcia is the first French manager to guide a French team to the Champions League semi-finals since 2009-10 (Claude Puel with Lyon).
  • Since progressing from his first seven Champions League quarter-finals as a manager with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola has been eliminated in each of his three with City.
  • The Champions League semi-finals will see two French teams (PSG, Lyon) and two German teams (RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich). It is the first time since 2012-13 that there are just two different nations at the semi-final stage.
  • City's Kevin de Bruyne has been directly involved in more goals in 2019-20 than any other Premier League player (38 - 16 goals, 22 assists).
  • Lyon's Maxwel Cornet and Moussa Dembele have scored four Champions League goals against City, a joint high with Lionel Messi.
  • Raheem Sterling made his 50th Champions League appearance tonight, aged 25 years and 251 days. The only Englishman to reach this milestone at a younger age was Wayne Rooney in 2010 (24 years, 115 days).
  • Sterling provided his 11th assist for Manchester City in the Champions League - the joint-most for the club alongside De Bruyne.
  • Fernandinho made his 58th appearance in the Champions League for Man City - the most of any City player in the competition.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 29minsSubstituted forMahrezat 56'minutes
  • 50García
  • 14Laporte
  • 2Walker
  • 16RodriBooked at 58minsSubstituted forSilvaat 84'minutes
  • 8Gündogan
  • 27Cancelo
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 7Sterling
  • 9Gabriel Jesus

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 5Stones
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 21Silva
  • 22Mendy
  • 26Mahrez
  • 30Otamendi
  • 47Foden
  • 69Doyle
  • 80Palmer
  • 82Bernabé

Lyon

  • 1Lopes
  • 5Denayer
  • 6Guedes FilhoBooked at 64mins
  • 20Marçal de Oliveira
  • 14DuboisBooked at 12minsSubstituted forTeteat 74'minutes
  • 25Caqueret
  • 39Guimarães Rodriguez MouraSubstituted forMendes Ribeiroat 70'minutes
  • 8Aouar
  • 27Cornet
  • 11DepaySubstituted forDembeleat 75'minutes
  • 21Toko EkambiSubstituted forReine-Adélaïdeat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Diomande
  • 3Andersen
  • 4Pereira da Silva
  • 9Dembele
  • 10Traoré
  • 12Mendes Ribeiro
  • 17Reine-Adélaïde
  • 22de Souza Oliveira
  • 23Tete
  • 30Tatarusanu
  • 31Bard
  • 36Cherki
Referee:
Danny Makkelie

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamLyon
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 1, Lyon 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Lyon 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jason Denayer.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Anthony Lopes.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Tete (Lyon).

  10. Post update

    Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Dembele (Lyon).

  12. Post update

    Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Marçal (Lyon).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester City 1, Lyon 3. Moussa Dembele (Lyon) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Houssem Aouar (Lyon) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeff Reine-Adélaïde.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Lyon. Jeff Reine-Adélaïde replaces Karl Toko Ekambi.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. David Silva replaces Rodrigo.

  19. Post update

    Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marçal (Lyon).

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