Champions League - Group F
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Sergio Aguero nets equaliser as Man City draw in Lyon

Sergio Aguero scores City's second equaliser
Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last six Champions League away appearances

Pep Guardiola says Lyon were "one of the toughest teams" Manchester City have ever faced after the teams shared a 2-2 draw in France.

Lyon twice took second-half leads before City rescued a 2-2 draw which ensures qualification for the last 16 with one game to spare.

The French side wasted several clear-cut chances before Maxwel Cornet rifled in an angled drive to give them an early second-half lead.

City defender Aymeric Laporte quickly levelled with a header but Cornet fired in again to put Lyon on top of Group F.

However, Sergio Aguero reacted quickest to flick in a header two minutes later to ensure City remain in pole position to top the group.

"We are so delighted and so happy," Guardiola said. "It is a big compliment for the team.

"We played one of toughest teams we've ever faced. They are physical, strong, they counter-attack incredible.

"We reacted after 1-0 and 2-1 and we are in the final stages. This was our target.

"Now we must try to get a point to finish first in the group stage, but it is so important to go through."

Why Aguero equaliser is so important to City

Even without the point, Guardiola's side would still have clinched their place in the knockout stage for the sixth successive season after Shakhtar Donetsk snatched a late 3-2 victory at Hoffenheim.

But it meant City know a draw in their final game against the already-eliminated German side will be enough to progress as group winners.

Finishing top would ensure City will not be drawn against another group winner - with the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus currently topping their groups - in the last 16.

Lyon looked set to join City in qualifying for the knockout stage with the draw, until Shakhtar's late winner in another breathless finish.

The French side still need a point in their final game against Shakhtar in Ukraine to progress.

Champions League Group F

Substance over style for City

Premier League leaders City have swept aside almost everything put in front of them domestically this season, but were given another tough test by a Lyon team which had been the only one to beat them in their previous 26 matches.

The French side, who are second in Ligue 1 but 15 points adrift of leaders Paris St-Germain, won 2-1 at Etihad Stadium in the opening group game back in September.

Again they caused City problems with their pace and power in the attacking third, with former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay and Cornet - who also scored in the reverse fixture - at the heart of their most potent play.

City have only conceded five goals in 13 Premier League matches this season, but Lyon have shown they can be vulnerable after scoring four against them in 180 minutes.

While City were uncharacteristically opened up at the back, they showed characteristics of a great side which they have not had to show too often under Pep Guardiola: the resilience to fight back from behind.

City lacked their usual attacking rhythm - more down to Lyon's intensity than a lack of their own - but showed their quality at set-pieces through Laporte and Aguero to earn a hard-fought draw.

"Lyon have good players in good areas and quick players but we got a good draw," City defender Kyle Walker said.

"That shows the character and belief in the dressing room. Important players come good at the right time."

Man of the match - Aymeric Laporte (Man City)

Aymeric Laporte
Laporte joined City from Athletic Bilbao for a club record fee of £57m in January

French centre-back Laporte is the only outfield player to have played every minute in the Premier League for Manchester City this season, and again he illustrated his importance to Guardiola's side with another commanding display.

The 24-year-old reads the game wonderfully and came to City's rescue in the first half on a couple of occasions, notably when he blocked a golden chance for Cornet.

While Laporte could do little to stop Cornet eventually opening the scoring, he dragged City back into the match when he was perfectly placed at the other end to steer in a header from Raheem Sterling's free-kick.

That gave City renewed confidence, perhaps also adding to their belief they could fight back for a second time in a dramatic conclusion to the game.

The only mystifying thing about Laporte's performance is how he continues to be overlooked by France and still without international recognition.

City in familiar territory of the last 16 - the stats

  • After failing to get out of the group in their first two Champions League campaigns, Man City have reached the knockout stage in each of the last six seasons.
  • Lyon are unbeaten in their first five group-stage games in the Champions League for the first time since 2008-09.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last six Champions League away appearances - only Cristiano Ronaldo (12) has a longer scoring streak on the road.
  • Maxwel Cornet has scored in both of his Champions League appearances versus Manchester City (3 goals).
  • David Silva has provided more assists for Man City in the Champions League than any other player (9).

What's next?

Back to the Premier League for City, who are aiming to extend their two-point lead at the top when they host Bournemouth on Saturday (15:00 GMT).

That final Champions League group game against Hoffenheim, who are already eliminated, takes place at Etihad Stadium on 12 December.

Line-ups

Lyon

  • 1Lopes
  • 5Denayer
  • 6Guedes Filho
  • 20Marçal de Oliveira
  • 4Pereira da SilvaSubstituted forTeteat 74'minutes
  • 28NDombele
  • 8Aouar
  • 22MendyBooked at 62mins
  • 27CornetSubstituted forTerrierat 89'minutes
  • 18FekirSubstituted forTraoréat 84'minutes
  • 11Depay

Substitutes

  • 7Terrier
  • 10Traoré
  • 15Morel
  • 23Tete
  • 24Diop Gueye
  • 29Tousart
  • 30Gorgelin

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 14Laporte
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 7SterlingBooked at 34mins
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 23mins
  • 21Silva
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forFodenat 90+1'minutes
  • 19SanéSubstituted forDelphat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Danilo
  • 4Kompany
  • 18Delph
  • 30Otamendi
  • 47Foden
  • 49Muric
  • 55Diaz
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
56,039

Match Stats

Home TeamLyonAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Lyon 2, Manchester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lyon 2, Manchester City 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Phil Foden replaces Sergio Agüero.

Offside, Manchester City. Fabian Delph tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Martin Terrier replaces Maxwel Cornet.

Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcelo.

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bertrand Traoré (Lyon).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jason Denayer.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Bertrand Traoré replaces Nabil Fekir.

Goal!

Goal! Lyon 2, Manchester City 2. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marçal.

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

Goal!

Goal! Lyon 2, Manchester City 1. Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Memphis Depay with a through ball.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Tanguy NDombele (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Memphis Depay.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Kenny Tete replaces Rafael.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fabian Delph replaces Leroy Sané.

Offside, Manchester City. Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

Attempt saved. Nabil Fekir (Lyon) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Memphis Depay.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marçal.

Attempt saved. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Goal!

Goal! Lyon 1, Manchester City 1. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Silva following a set piece situation.

Booking

Ferland Mendy (Lyon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ferland Mendy (Lyon).

Offside, Lyon. Tanguy NDombele tries a through ball, but Nabil Fekir is caught offside.

Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ferland Mendy (Lyon).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jason Denayer.

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Goal!

Goal! Lyon 1, Manchester City 0. Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Memphis Depay.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Tanguy NDombele (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund43018269
2Atl Madrid43017619
3Club Brugge41126514
4Monaco4013210-81

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona4310113810
2Inter Milan42115507
3Tottenham411279-24
4PSV Eindhoven4013410-61

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli41304316
2Liverpool42027526
3PSG412111745
4Red Star Belgrade4112310-74

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto431093610
2Schalke42204138
3Galatasaray41123304
4Lokomotiv Moscow4004211-90

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich54101221013
2Ajax532082611
3Benfica5113511-64
4AEK Athens5005212-100

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5311145910
2Lyon5140111017
3Shakhtar Donetsk5122715-85
4Hoffenheim50321012-23

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid54011221012
2Roma530210649
3Viktoria Plzen5113515-104
4CSKA Moscow511359-44

H

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1Juventus540182612
2Man Utd531162410
3Valencia512245-15
4Young Boys5014211-91
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