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Fekir fire Lyon to shock win over City

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MANCHESTER City lost to Lyon yesterday and continued their poor form in champions league as they have not won a single match in their last four champions league fixtures. Guardiola who is under suspension watched from the stands as assistant, Mikel Arteta took charge and it was a frustrating night for the pair.

City are far from potential Champions League winners as they fell to a surprise 2-1 loss at home to Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday with a flat performance that leaves them with plenty of work to do to progress from Group F which also features Germany’s Hoffenheim and Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk.

In contrast to a flat-looking City, Bruno Genesio’s Lyon delivered a tactically superb display, the visitors took the lead in the 26th minute through  Cornet, who drove home after Fabian Delph made a hash of clearing a Nabil Fekir cross from the left.

Gabriel Jesus, City’s Brazilian striker, had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down, Ilkay Gundogan had an effort disallowed after Italian referee, Daniele Orsato ruled that Raheem Sterling for offside but City’s frustrations in attack were not their only problems.

Fekir, then made it 2-0 for the French side in the 43rd minute, bursting clear and beating Ederson with a low drive after Fernandinho had given up possession in midfield.

It could even have been 3-0 when Memphis Depay hit the post on the hour after a magnificent through ball from Tanguy Ndombele, but after that let-off, City earned themselves a lifeline through Bernardo Silva, who produced a smart finish after a superb jinking run from substitute, Leroy Sane.

City’s attempts to get an equaliser, however, were foiled by a combination of a well-drilled Lyon defence, which kept chances to a minimum, goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, who produced a fine save to deny substitute Sergio Aguero and some poor decision-making from City’s forwards.

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