The two teams faced off on what at times seemed to be an irregular tempo. Manchester City held the majority of possession during the game, having lined up 3-5-2 for the first time this season, and only the fifth time they have started with three at the back. The English side tried to set the tone early, Sterling forcing a problem, but Lyon did not break up in the first half.
This is the third season in a row that Man City have been knocked out in the quarter-finals, and Lyon have broken through in a Champions League semi-final that won’t feature any Spanish or English side.
Here’s what to know about the Saturday surprise.
To take away
Lyon capitalizes on the moment
Lyon played as a team with nothing to lose and everything to gain in this match. City dominated possession and assists, but Lyon were able to counter when it mattered most and execute their chances in their creation. The French team enters the semi-final against a stacked and striated Bayern Munich, and will remain neglected in the semi-final as it was in the quarterfinals.
Nightmare for Guardiola
City played with three center-backs and wingers, looking to tackle Lyon’s counterattack, but it’s the turnovers in attack that made this team. The team tried to adjust later in the second half by playing four after their first sub, but it would be too little, too late. For Pep Guardiola, he needs to be questioned after seeing his side look awful in the first half and not making enough adjustments in the second. He only used two of his five submarines – one of them being on David Silva. There weren’t a lot of great options on the bench, but isn’t Phil Foden worth a chance?
Cornet’s first goal
Maxwel Cornet proved Manchester City’s kryptonite, scoring four goals against the English. The first goal came in the 24th minute and needed further confirmation on VAR for a potential offside appeal, but the long shot would remain.
La miss de Sterling
Well, it’s not exactly a highlight, but Manchester City had the opportunity to equalize once again in the home stretch after Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 69th minute. Sterling had a wide open net in the 86th minute, but the attempt would go over the bar, leaving the winger in agony at the missed opportunity.
Dembele rapid splint
Immediately after Sterling’s terrible miss, Dembele – the Belgian international from Lyon – would seek a winning double for the French team. Dembele would succeed in the 75th minute and score his first goal just four minutes later in the 79th, and ultimately consolidate Lyon’s place in the final with another goal in the 87th minute.
Moussa Dembele – Come and put City away with two goals. Took his chance in the biggest game of his life. Rating: 9
Kyle Walker – Really poor by the former Spurs man. Caught in the wrong place over and over again. Rating: 2
Houssem Aouar – Just a brilliant demonstration of the young talent from Lyon. He commanded the game, was smart with his passes and assisted the winner. Rating: 9
Looking to the future
Bayern Munich now know they will face Lyon in the semi-finals, after the German side humiliated Barcelona with an 8-2 score on Friday.
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FINALE: Manchester City 1-3 Lyon (CBS All Access)
⚽ Lyon: Cornet (24 ′)
⚽ City: De Bruyne (69 ‘)
⚽Lyon: Dembelé (79 ′)
⚽Lyon: Dembelé (87 ′)