Lyon hammer Man City in tough Champions League tie

Lyon hammer Man City in tough Champions League tie

- French side Lyon defeated Man City 2-1 in Group F opener in the Champions League

- Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir scored a goal apiece to gift the French side a deserved victory

- Bernado Silva netted City's consolation in the second half

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday, September 19 kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign on a disappointing note after suffering a 2-1 humiliating defeat to French side, Lyon at the Etihad stadium.

The match saw City assistant manager Mikel Arteta stand in for Pep Guardiola who is currently serving a one-game suspension after being sent off in City's defeat to Liverpool last season.

Arteta's presence, however, failed to inspire the highly-talented Man City side as Lyon's two first-half goals condemned them to a defeat.

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Lyon should have taken an early lead in the 24th minute via Maxwell Cornet who breached City’s defensive line with a clever run but was adjudged to have been offside.

However, the Lyon winger came back haunting City's backline two minutes later, netting the match's opener in the 26th minute capitalising on Fabian Delph's messy clearance from Nabil Fekir's simple cross from the left.

Fekir doubled Lyon's lead two minutes before half-time leaving City with an uphill task.

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Upon the resumption of the second-half, Lyon remained clinical in their defence even as City's dreadful attack continued to press on.

The home side's efforts finally paid off in the 67th minute as Bernado Silva pulled one back for Pep Guardiola's men.

However, the goal was not enough to salvage the Citizens from an embarrassing defeat as they went on to lose the encounter before their faithfuls.

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City, who were knocked out of last year's competition in the quarter-finals by eventual finalists Liverpool will be looking to get their campaign back on track in their subsequent group matches where they have been drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim.

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