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Lyon Cruises To Semi-Final, Defeats Man City, Coach Guardiola Speaks After Defeat

Lyon has qualified for the Semi Finals against Bayern Munich after they trounced hard fighting Manchester City 3-1 in the Quarter Final match on Saturday.

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City started as firm favourites but came out second best against a fiercely determined Lyon in a game that swung on controversy and uncharacteristic errors in the closing stages, BBC Sports reported.

Lyon went ahead in the 24th minute with Maxwel Cornet’s smart finish but City, lifeless as Guardiola chose to play a three-man central defence, looked to have been revived by Kevin de Bruyne’s precise strike from Raheem Sterling’s pass after 69 minutes.

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Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, on as a substitute, restored Lyon’s lead in contentious circumstances 11 minutes from time, the video assistant referee ignoring what appeared to be an obvious foul by the goalscorer before he ran on to beat Ederson.

City pressed for the equaliser but Sterling was guilty of an atrocious miss, somehow sending his finish over the top of an open goal from Gabriel Jesus’ pass.

It proved to be hugely expensive as seconds later Lyon set up a semi-final meeting with Bayern Munich when Dembele scored his second after Ederson fumbled a shot from Houssem Aouar’s routine shot.

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City boss Pep Guardiola speaking to BT Sport:

 “One day we will break this gap to the semis. In the first 20, 25 minutes we struggled to find spaces to attack.

“The second half was OK – we were there. I had a feeling we were better. You have to be perfect in this competition.

On the possible foul on Aymeric Laporte in the build-up to the second goal: “I don’t want to talk about these circumstances. It looks like I’m complaining and finding excuses.

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“We did a lot of good things, but it wasn’t enough. We made mistakes in the boxes in key moments. We struggled to find our spaces to attack.

On the Sterling miss: “In this situation you have to equalise to take it to extra time, but then we concede the third and it’s over. We created more chances and more shots.

“We are disappointed. We now go on holidays. Then we have to lift the players when they return to the club again.

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And playing in the Champions League again: “Sometimes you have to break this (barrier to the semis). The team over last few years deserve it. Maybe one day we’ll break this gap.”

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