Man City suffer shock defeat to Lyon

Lyon have become the first French team to win at Manchester City in European competition
Lyon have become the first French team to win at Manchester City in European competition

Manchester City’s Champions League campaign got off to a poor start as the Premier League champions suffered a surprise defeat against Lyon at the Etihad Stadium.

Maxwel Cornet drilled the French visitors ahead after Fabian Delph failed to cut out Nabil Fekir’s cross.

City, who are favourites to win this season’s competition with some bookmakers, fell further behind before half-time – Lyon captain Fekir finding the net from 25 yards after Fernandinho gave the ball away inside his own half.

Bernardo Silva gave the hosts a lifeline after being picked out by Leroy Sane, but City – lacklustre for long spells – were unable to avoid a first defeat of the season.

With Group F rivals Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim drawing 2-2 in Ukraine earlier on Wednesday, City are bottom of the group after one game.

City miss Guardiola’s presence

City, looking to replicate their domestic dominance in Europe, were a shadow of the side that swept to 100 points in the Premier League last season.

French defender Aymeric Laporte headed against the outside of the post from Ilkay Gundogan’s cross, while Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero were denied by excellent saves from Anthony Lopes.

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City, however, appeared to miss Pep Guardiola’s direction from the sidelines.

The City boss watched his side’s wretched performance from a seat high in the stand as he served a touchline ban following his sending-off in last season’s Champions League quarter-final defeat against Liverpool.

Assistant coach Mikel Arteta took over duties in the dugout but the former Arsenal midfielder oversaw a disjointed and sloppy performance.

Silva’s goal, after Sane had glided past ex-Manchester United defender Rafael midway in the second half, reinvigorated his side.

However, City now find themselves playing catch up in a group they were expected to dominate.

Guardiola’s side made it to the last eight of the Champions League last season and have never gone beyond the semi-finals.

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