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Manchester City vs Lyon. UEFA Champions League Group F.

Etihad StadiumAttendance40,111.

Manchester City 1

  • B Silva (67th minute)

Lyon 2

  • G Cornet (26th minute)
  • N Fekir (43rd minute)

Manchester City 1-2 Lyon: Nabil Fekir scores to secure shock win

Nabil Fekir Lyon
Image: Nabil Fekir celebrates scoring for Lyon

Manchester City paid the price for an error-strewn first-half display as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Lyon in their Champions League opener.

The Premier League champions lacked intensity and fell behind when Maxwel Cornet finished in the 26th minute.

Nabil Fekir, who came close to joining Liverpool in the summer, made it 2-0 when he seized on a defensive mistake and fired in from 20 yards before half-time.

Player ratings

Man City: Ederson (6), Walker (5), Stones (5), Laporte (5), Delph (4), Fernandinho (4), Gundogan (5), D Silva (5), B Silva (6), Sterling (5), Jesus (5)

Subs: Sane (6), Aguero (5), Mahrez (5)

Lyon: Lopes (7), Rafael (5), Marcelo (7), Denayer (7), Mendy (7), Ndombele (7), Diop (6), Cornet (8), Fekir (7), Aouar (6), Depay (6)

Subs: Dubois (5), Traore (5), Tousart (5)

Man of the match: Maxwel Cornet

City dominated possession in the second half but only managed to pull one goal back in the 67th minute through Bernardo Silva.

Mikel Arteta, assistant coach of Manchester City looks on prior to the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and Olympique Lyonnais at Etihad Stadium on September 19, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom 0:43
Mikel Arteta said he was not prepared for a half-time talk having to deal with Manchester City overturning a two-goal deficit

Pep Guardiola, who was watching from the stands due to a touchline ban, cut a frustrated figure as his side laboured, particularly in the first half.

Pep Guardiola during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and Olympique Lyonnais at Etihad Stadium on September 19, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Image: Pep Guardiola watched from the stands

They did go close as Fernandinho blazed over from the penalty spot and Aymeric Laporte headed against the post, but too many passes went astray and the defence looked susceptible to Lyon's pace on the counter.

It was a City mistake that led to the opener as the ball was given away in midfield, Fekir broke down the left and Cornet finished well after Delph made a mess of his attempted clearance.

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Bernardo Silva Man City v Lyon
Image: Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring for Man City

The goal did not serve as a wake-up call for City and they fell further behind in the 43rd minute when Fernandinho lost the ball in defence and Fekir fired in a brilliant shot from 20 yards out.

City managed to up the tempo slightly in the second half but could have conceded again on the hour mark as Memphis Depay's shot was tipped onto the post by Ederson.

Team news

Man City made three changes from their win at Fulham as Stones, Gundogan and Jesus started in place of Otamendi, Sane and Aguero.

Fekir and Depay started for Lyon while summer signing Dembele was on the bench.

Bernardo Silva gave the hosts a lifeline when he swept a shot into the bottom corner from substitute Leroy Sane's pass.

However, despite pressing in the closing stages, City could not grab an equaliser, with Sergio Aguero shooting at Anthony Lopes and then seeing a late effort tipped wide.

Nabil Fekir and Ilkay Gundogan during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and Olympique Lyonnais at Etihad Stadium on September 19, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Image: Nabil Fekir and Ilkay Gundogan tussle for the ball

Opta stats

  • Manchester City have become the first English side in Champions League history to lose four consecutive matches in the competition.
  • Manchester City have now lost three consecutive home Champions League matches, becoming only the second English side to do so after Tottenham Hotspur, who lost three in a row between April 2011 and November 2016.
  • Lyon are now unbeaten in their last four Champions League matches (W2 D2), their best run in the competition since March 2010 (also four).
  • Manchester City found themselves 2+ goals down in a match at the Etihad for the first time since they lost 1-3 to Chelsea in December 2016, and were 2+ goals down at half-time in a home game for the first time since November 2015 against Liverpool (1-3 at half-time).
  • Six of the last eight instances of Manchester City conceding twice in the first half of a match at the Etihad have been in the Champions League.
  • Since the start of last season, Nabil Fekir has been directly involved in 35 goals for Lyon in all competitions (25 goals, 10 assists); only Memphis Depay (43) has had a hand in more for the club.
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Man of the match - Maxwel Cornet

The 21-year-old produced an excellent display. He finished well for the opening goal, making the most of Delph's mistake, and was then mostly found at the other end of the pitch as he put in a solid defensive shift.

What's next?

City will be looking for a response when they travel to Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday before facing Oxford United in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. Lyon host Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

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