Manchester City’s ambitions in the Champions League were shattered after the English team suffered during its match with Lyon in the quarter-finals.
The match, which was held in Lisbon on Saturday evening, ended with Lyon winning by 3 goals to one for Manchester City, who appeared to be the best at the start of the match, but he retreated to the insistence of the French team.
Lyon opened the scoring in the twenty-fourth minute of the match through Maxwell Cornet, but Manchester City managed to equalize through Kevin De Bruyne in the sixty-ninth minute.
But Lyon advanced again through substitute Moussa Dembele. Manchester City pressed for a draw, but its player, Raheem Sterling, missed an easy chance from Gabriel Jesus’ pass, a missed opportunity that cost City a lot.
In the eighty-seventh minute, Dembele scored the third goal in a follow-up to Hossam Awar’s shot, to finish up the hopes of the English team in a draw, and Lyon qualify for the semi-finals against Bayern Munich.
With that result, Manchester coach Pep Guardiola spent a miserable night after being overwhelmed by praise for his performance with the club.
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Guardiola relied on central defense with three players, and chose to sit many of the game makers who are good at dribbling the ball on the bench.
Lyon took advantage of his opponent’s way of playing, greedy in the match and showed determination and flexibility with which he was able to secure himself a victory over Guardiolas cubs, who tried to remedy the situation by pushing Riyadh Mahrez in the second half, but without much effect.
Manchester City has suffered with Guardiola in the Champions League before, but the result this time is different, and Guardiola must bear his share of responsibility for the game plan.
On the other hand, Lyon’s celebrations were tumultuous with the final whistle, after a big win over an opponent who was the best in the opinion of many experts.
In the semi-final match, it is expected to show confidence in the performance of Bayern Munich after they crushed Barcelona with eight goals to two, but the flexible and attractive way in which Lyon plays and contributed to achieving surprises so far confirm that it is not necessary to separate in favor of the German opponent.