Man City book spot in the last 16 of the Champions League after epic 2-2 draw against Lyon

Man City book spot in the last 16 of the Champions League after epic 2-2 draw against Lyon

- Man City were forced to a 2-2 draw by a resilient Lyon side in France

- The Premier League champions have, however, booked a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League after finishing top in Group F with 10 points

- Maxwell Cornet netted a brace for the hosts, with Laporte and Aguero netting a goal apiece

Premier League champions, Manchester City, on Tuesday night, November 27 failed to get a perfect revenge on Olympique Lyon as the French side forced them to a 2-2 draw in their Group F clash played at Groupama stadium.

Lyon shocked City in Manchester on matchday 1 of the group stages with an impressive 2-1 victory, before Pep Guardiola's men went on to recover with three straight wins to get their Champions League campaign back on track.

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City came into the Tuesday clash after a magnificent performance in the Premier League that saw them hammer West Ham United 4-0 away from home at the weekend.

Guardiola made three tactical changes from the side that defeated West Ham, with John Stones, Oleks Zinchenko and Riyad Mahrez coming in for Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph and Ilkay Gundogan.

The Spaniard tactician's wards, however, failed to break the deadlock with their terrific attack-line, with the hosts equally squandering golden chances in the first half.

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But the French side made no mistake upon the resumption of the second half as winger Maxwel Cornet fired a lovely curling effort past Ederson from the edge of the area to hand his team the lead in the 55th minute.

City swiftly restored parity seven minutes later, with Aymeric Laporte heading City level from a set-piece.

The match looked destined for a draw before Cornet rose to the occassion once again in the 80th minute to hand the home side a lead, brilliantly slotting the ball past Ederson.

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However, City equalised three minutes later via Sergio Aguero who rose highest despite being marked by two Lyon defenders to direct a fine header in at the far post.

The hard-fought draw saw the Citizens qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Meanwhile, a late goal from Shakhtar against Hoffenheim implies Lyon still have work to do going into match-day six despite sitting second in Group F.

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