Manchester City clinched a spot within the knockout phases of the Champions League with a hard-fought 2-2 draw in Lyon. City fell behind twice to targets from Maxwell Cornet however equalised with headers from Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero to safe the purpose they wanted to attain the last-16.
City have won comfortably so many instances this season, however they wanted to dig out their battling qualities to rescue a degree in France. Lyon’s Groupama Stadium was bouncing however Pep Guardiola’s aspect did not panic and took the alternatives once they got here alongside. If they’re to realise their dream of successful the Champions League, City may have to go to harder locations, however this efficiency will give them perception that they’ll safe a result when issues aren’t going their means.
Lyon are the one staff to rating twice towards City this season and so they did it once more on Tuesday night time. It ought to have been extra however Memphis Depay and Cornet, twice, missed superb probabilities within the first half. City’s back-four appeared uncharacteristically unsettled and Fernandinho was overrun in midfield.
Supervisor score out of 10
6 — Guardiola’s large choice earlier than kick-off was whether or not to go along with teen Phil Foden. He determined towards it, transferring Raheem Sterling back into attacking midfield, but it surely did not work out successfully. Lyon have been faster and livelier in the midst of the pitch and that put additional strain on the back 4, which struggled to cope. The Ligue 1 aspect have been higher on the Etihad Stadium once they won 2-1 and Guardiola could not cease them from being the higher aspect once more.
Participant scores (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Ederson, 6 — He did not have a lot of an opportunity with both of Cornet’s targets and the very fact he did not concede extra was due to Lyon’s wasteful ending quite than the Brazilian making any excellent saves. He was at all times a get-out ball for his defenders going through a excessive press.
DF Kyle Walker, 6 — Had an actual battle towards winger Memphis Depay and was lucky when the previous Manchester United ahead made a multitude of a easy likelihood when he was caught out of place.
DF John Stones, 6 — Dragged into uncomfortable positions by Lyon’s intelligent attacking and unable to cease harmful moments. Caught in no-man’s land for Cornet’s second aim.
DF Aymeric Laporte, eight — At instances, he appeared to be holding the back-four defence collectively single-handedly as the French aspect probed from all angles. And he reacted to rating a bullet header simply when it appeared like City would possibly falter.
DF Oleksandr Zinchenko, 6 — Given a second successive Champions League begin, he acted as a full-back with out the ball and moved into central midfield with it. Principally neat and tidy however had some awkward moments.
MF Fernandinho, 6 — Powerful night with Lyon ready to push gamers into midfield and an early reserving made it more durable to keep his damaging aspect.
MF Raheem Sterling, 6 — Shifted right into a much less acquainted playmaker position due to accidents. Some moments of high quality however not fairly as efficient a risk as he’s in a large position.
MF David Silva, 6 — He was the more than likely to unlock the midfield together with his intelligent passing however unusually nothing fairly got here off from him.
FW Leroy Sane, 6 — Quiet first half. Served as extra of a risk within the second interval however taken off with 20 minutes to go.
FW Sergio Aguero, 7 — Spent a lot of his time together with his back to aim however labored arduous to strive to make one thing occur and eventually acquired his reward with an equaliser eight minutes from the tip.
FW Riyad Mahrez, 6 — Fluffed a few early half-chances that would have settled the nerves and acquired caught in possession however saved pushing for the ball.
MF Fabian Delph, NR — Helped City tighten up in midfield.
MF Phil Foden, NR — A late change to eat up time.