Lyon shock Manchester City to reach Champions League semi-finals

The French side got off to a perfect start, drowning out Manchester City’s attacking game and eventually taking the lead 24 minutes later thanks to Maxwell Corne’s ingenious off-field game.

In the second half, the English side increased the pressure, and finally the pressure showed, as K. de Bruyne coldly missed the score, equalized the score, until the replacement Musa Dembele scored two goals for Lyon.

Lyon will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals on Wednesday, after the German team reached the semi-finals on Friday, defeating Barcelona 8-2.
For first For the first time since 1990/91, no team from England, Spain or Italy will play in the semi-finals of the Champions League. For the first time in the history of the Champions League, it will be represented by two teams representing France.

Belgian midfielder de Bruyne said that it was “not good enough” after another heartbreaking exit from the competition.

“It simply came to our notice then. “I think the first half was not good enough,” he told BT Sport after the game. “I think we know that.

“We started slowly, we did not have many options. I think we played really well in the second half. We came back 1-1, we had a few chances, then obviously 2-1, and then the game ended 3-1. It is a shame for us to go that way.

“The game was open, but they did not really create, except for two goal opportunities. Yes, we have to learn. That’s not good enough. “

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Musa Dembele scored the second goal of Lyon.

Absorbs pressure

Manchester City, with its star players and famous coach, used the overwhelming majority to beat Lyon.

But the French side showed their resilience in the return match of the previous round against Juventus, being able to bypass Cristiano Ronaldo և, despite almost five months without football.

And its durability was tested from the very beginning. “Manchester City” dominated the ball from the very first whistle, but could not create any golden opportunity.

And finally, Lyon’s ability to counterattack created the first goal of the game. The ball that’s playing with City’s defense’s run for Carl Toco Ekambi eventually fell to Maxwell Cornet և as City’s Ederson came out of the box, Cornet hit a magnificent curly shot from about 20 yards into the post.

The rest of the first half went as planned by Lyon and head coach Rudy Garcia. Manchester City dominated the ball without creating too many clear chances, while Pep Guardiola’s team looked vulnerable at halftime.

The game started after the break, հետո After Guardiola’s attacking replacement, “City” started to create opportunities of its own free will.

And finally, the pressure was on, as England international Rahim Sterling’s several beautiful footwork freed him so that de Bruyne could finish it.

There seemed to be only one winner. However, Lyon’s own supersubjective Dembele thought otherwise, closing the ball halfway to Ederson. He followed the nervous video surveillance of the assistant referee, but after waiting for a few minutes, the goal was scored.

Striker Maxwell Cornet celebrates Lyon's first goal against Manchester City on Saturday, August 15.

Although “City” was behind, but created better opportunities, the best of which went to Sterling. Some clever dribbling: Gabriel Jesus’s pass left Sterling open just five yards out, but he sent the ball into the sky վր over the gate.

And the omission was costly. Just 59 seconds later, Lyon scored again, Dembele hit Ederson’s failed save, sending the French club to the final four for the first time in almost 10 years.

The result means that during Guardiola’s time, “Manchester City” could not overcome the quarter-final stage of the Champions League.

Despite the fact that his team played well for most of the game, Guardiola regretted that Manchester City could not play in the Champions League without mistakes.

“One day we will break this gap in the quarter-finals,” he told BT Sport after the game. “Except for the first 25 minutes when we struggled to find territory to attack faster, the players are free to play.”

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“And the last 15 minutes of the first half were good. The second half was good, we were there. “I felt we were better, but in this tournament we have to be perfect in one game and we are not.”

The semi-final of the Champions League 2019-20 will see two French and two German teams compete for a place in the final; For the first time since 2012-13, only two different nations are represented at this stage.

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