The Champions League quarter-finals come to an end tonight in Lisbon as Man City take on Lyon at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
A final fight against prolific Bayern Munich will await the winners of this game after Hansi Flick’s side demolished Barcelona 8-2 on Friday night.
City are considered one of the favorites to win the competition after knocking down Real Madrid in the round of 16, while Lyon stunned Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus to reach the quarters.
And Lyon held the advantage at half-time as Maxwel Cornet’s clever finish gave the Ligue 1 side a 1-0 lead as Pep Guardiola’s tactics failed to bear fruit.
60 minutes: Marcelo clumsily fouls Jesus through his compatriot’s back – and City stand a chance with the free-kick. De Bruyne stands above and whips him over the wall, on target, but Lopes responds with a shot of the camera and that of Cancelo puts the rebound in orbit.
57 minutes: Mahrez’s first contribution isn’t the biggest, losing the ball to Aouar and Rodri knocking the Frenchman down. It’s yellow for the midfielder and he’s walking a tightrope now.
56 minutes: Guardiola identified Fernandinho’s threat of getting a second yellow card and he got hooked. Mahrez is on, and that will likely see them go 4-3-3 now.
Riyad Mahrez is about to arrive.
Will De Bruyne find the right delivery? No. Overhit this time. He spends a night according to his criteria.
It feels like no one really knows where he’s playing in this setup.
If it stays that way, it surely won’t be long before we see any changes.
All on the bench and ready to assemble if necessary. Granted, it looks like City need some of their dictators to start giving Sterling and Jesus a chance to tidy up.
Fernandinho, on reservation, could be the man to make room. Let’s see how Guardiola reacts.
Some big changes are needed in the second half to reverse the trend for Guardiola’s men.
So close for City.
De Bruyne picks Sterling with a pass bordering on absurdity and he looks set to go 1-1, but Cornet comes back with a crucial block to deny him.
Two minutes of extra time will be played.
They don’t want the whistle at half time!
He brings it back to Rodri, who tries to guide him to the far corner and Lopes, having made a real mess of it, chokes on the second attempt.
“Sterling was the most threatening with his run, but he’s not getting enough support. “
A very good position for De Bruyne to make one and hit a venomous effort, but Lopes clearly hits.
To their credit, Lyon’s five full-backs have been superb so far. Completely impenetrable.
Lopes dives to pierce him, but he hits Gundogan, who sees his follow-up courageously saved by the Lyon stopper.
28 minutes: Nothing’s going for City at the moment as Aouar walks past Fernandinho and is knocked down by the Brazilian, it’s a yellow card.
GOAL! Man City 0-1 Lyon | 24 ‘Maxwel Cornet
HE DOES IT AGAIN!
The Ivorian scored three times against City last season and he’s on target again tonight. A ball over Marcal finds Toko Ekambi and he is in play.
Garcia makes a great last minute challenge, but he comes back to Cornet and he folds it brilliantly in front of Ederson, who was out of his line.
VAR checks offside, but the goal remains standing as the replay shows Walker played the Cameroonian onside.
Aouar reads the direction of the ball, passes two players and wins a free kick. He has watched the game so far.
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Date, time and place
Man City vs Lyon are scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. BST tonight.
The match will be played behind closed doors at the Estadio Jose Alvalade without fans due to the presence of government directives regarding the coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 7 p.m.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online through the video player and the BT Sport app.
Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Cancelo, Fernandinho, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus
Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, David Silva, Mendy, Mahrez, Otamendi, Foden, Doyle, Palmer, Bernabe
Lyon XI: Lopes; Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal; Cornet, Caqueret, Guimarães, Aouar, Dubois; Ekambi, Depay
Subs: Tatarusanu, Diomande, Andersen, Rafael, Dembele, Traore, Mendes, Reine-Adelaide, Jean Lucas, Tete, Bard, Cherki
Prediction: Man City 3-1 Lyon
Lyon had a big shock to take out Juventus, but this Manchester City side are looking at full speed after a small gap between the end of their national campaign.
It should be pretty straightforward for Guardiola’s side.
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