It will be a German and French affair in the Uefa Champions League semi final as underdogs Olympic Lyon beat Manchester City 3-1 to knock them out of the competition in quarter finals yet again.
In a thrilling encounter filled with controversy, substitute Moussa Dembele came off the bench to score two quick late goals to dumb Pep Guardiola’s side of Europe’s top competition.
While Manchester City will rue the VAR for allowing Dembele’s first goal to stand, it is English forward who will forever regret not scoring an open goal moments after the French side took a controversial lead late in the second half.
The English side went into the match as top favorites but their luck luster showing in front of goal and a massive error from their goalkeeper Ederson only compounded their woes in the quarter finals.
This is the third consecutive time that City have been kicked out in the quarter finals, losing last season to fellow England side Tottenham after another controversial VAR decision went against them.
Lyon will now face German side and top favorites to win the competition Bayern Munich who thrashed Barcelona 8-2 on Friday.
Match Goals and How Lyon Won it in Controversial Fashion
The match underdogs began the game in strong fashion and their clinical finish in front of goal allowed them a 1 nil advantage before the break.
Lyon took the lead in the 24th minute through Maxwell Cornet who has now scored 5 goals against City in the competition. Forward Karl Toko Ekambi received a long darting pass in the 18 yard box from Marcal and as the striker burst into the area, City defender Eric Garcia could only get the ball into the path of Cornet who curled a sweet strike into the bottom corner.
With Lyon taking the lead and City needing to come from behind to advance to the semi finals, goalkeeper Antony Lopez made two quick fire saves to keep away strikes from Joao Cancelo and Ilkay Gundogan.
It took City 69 minutes to get back into the game as substitute Riyad Mahrez started off a wonderful team move with a through pass
for Sterling who squared it off for Kevin De Bruyne who had space and time to finish past Lopez.
City were made to rue their missed chances as super sub Dembele who came on for the tiring Memphis Depay scored in controversial fashion.
Forward Ekambi allowed a clever pass to squeeze through his legs into the path of incoming Dembele whose strike went between the legs of goalkeeper Ederson.
VAR allowed the goal to stand to the chagrin of City players who argued that Dembele had fouled defender Laporte in the build up to the goal.
Pep Guardiola’s problems were compounded in the 86th minute as Sterling missed a sitter with the goal at his mercy.
A minute after Sterling’s missed opportunity, Lyon confirmed their spot in the semi finals as Dembele scored his second from a rebound after goalie Ederson could only spill a Hussem Aouar shot into his path.
Lyon will face Bayern Munich on Wednesday August 19.