Lyon stuns Manchester City to reach Champions League semi-finals


The French got off to a perfect start, stifling Manchester City’s offensive play and finally taking the lead after 24 minutes thanks to Maxwel Cornet’s inventive finish just outside the box.

In the second half, the English increased the pressure, and the pressure finally said it, as Kevin de Bruyne quietly came home to equalize the score before substitute Moussa Dembélé scored two goals to pass Lyon through.

Lyon will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals on Wednesday, after the German side advanced to the semi-finals on Friday, sending Barcelona 8-2.

For the first time since 1990/91, and for the first time in the Champions League era, the semi-final will not feature any team from England, Spain or Italy. For the first time in the history of the Champions League, it will feature two teams representing France.

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Absorb the pressure

With its star players and a renowned coach, Manchester City have been extremely favored to beat Lyon.

But the French side had shown their resilience in their second leg against Juventus in the previous round, managing to get ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and his company despite almost five months without football.

And its robustness was put to the test from the start. Manchester City dominated possession from the first whistle, but failed to create golden opportunities.

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And finally Lyon’s ability to counter-attack produced the first goal of the game. A ball played behind the city defense for Karl Toko Ekambi to continue falling on Maxwel Cornet and, with city goalkeeper Ederson out of his goal, Cornet threw a magnificent curling shot into the nearest post. about 20 meters.

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