OL pull off Champions League stunner with 2-1 win at Man City
. AS IT HAPPENED
17’. Lopes tips away a dangerous Man City cross into the box.
24’. Maxwell Cornet's goal is disallowed due to an offside call.
26’. City fail to clear Fekir's service into the box, and Cornet scores at the far post.
34’. Lopes makes a diving save to deny Delph.
43’. Nabil Fekir drills an unstoppable low shot from over 25 yards out. 0-2
54’. Lopes stops Gabriel Jesus' driving effort.
60’. Memphis hits the post after a brilliant through ball from Ndombele.
67’. Bernardo Silva pulls a goal back for City after a nice run by Sané. 1-2
90’. Lopes comes up huge to deflect Aguero's goal-bound shot.
OL showed they mean business in the 2018-19 Champions League, pulling off a 2-1 stunner Wednesday night at Manchester City in their Group F opener on goals from Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir. While the captain's inclusion was a no-brainer, head coach Bruno Genesio surprised some by including Cornet in the Starting XI at the Etihad Stadium along with Cheikh Diop. It was a risky proposition considering they were visiting the defending Premier League champions, who caused some defensive problems for the visitors early on through Sterling and Laporte. As the game progressed, however, Lyon found their footing and eventually started reaching Ederson's area with increasing frequency. And before the first half was done, Genesio's men headed into the break with a surprising, but deserved, two-goal lead thanks to Cornet and Fekir.
Despite City's aggressive start to the second half, OL came within inches of putting the game away, only for the post to deny Memphis on a brilliantly executed counterattack. The home side kept the pressure on, finally pulling a goal back when substitute Sane set up Bernardo Silva for the Portuguese midfielder to beat his compatriot in Lyon's goal. But Lopes wouldn't concede any more, making several key saves to ward off City and secure a historic win for Les Gones. Wednesday's result puts Genesio and company in sole possession of first place in Group F after Shaktar Donetsk and Hoffenheim played to a 2-2 draw earlier in the evening. A perfect way to start the competition ahead of hosting the Ukrainian champions on October 2nd. Before that, OL have Sunday's (21h CET) highly anticipated clash with Marseille at Groupama Stadium to worry about.
. THE MOMENT .
After opening his season account last Sunday with a perfect free kick against Caen, Nabil Fekir continued to show off his goal-scoring prowess at the Etihad Stadium with an equally exquisite strike that doubled the lead and secured all three points for OL. Add an assist in Cornet's opening goal, and it was another outstanding performance for the captain, who reached eight goals in Europe for Lyon (59 in all competitions).
. THE STAT .