It was the French side who drew first blood midway through the first half, when wing-back Maxwel Cornet stroked home a loose ball after Eric Garcia did well to deny Karl Toko Ekambi. After long spells of City probing, Kevin De Bruyne finally fired home in the 69th minute to restore parity.
But when City looked set to push on and chase a winner, Lyon substitute Moussa Dembele raced through on goal and slotted pass Ederson, with VAR ignoring calls for offside in the build-up. Dembele then doubled his tally, tapping home from close range after Ederson spilled a tame initial effort.
Pep Guardiola will be struggling to find positives on a night that City failed to make their supreme talent count against a dogged and savvy Lyon outfit.
City’s three-man defence looked sluggish against the pacey Lyon counter, and with Sergio Aguero again missing through injury, the Premier League runners-up were desperately short of a world class No. 9 to put away one or two of their decent chances.
Manager rating out of 10
4 — Guardiola got his system all wrong in the first half, and it what was a bizarrely cautious and defensive looking City set-up. Selection of certain personnel can also be questioned — Do City really need Fernandinho, Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan in the same starting XI?
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Ederson, 5 — Got everything behind a fizzing Fernando Marcal effort in the opening 10 minutes, but was left in no-man’s land and had no chance against Cornet’s curling effort. His late spillage gifted Lyon a third goal that ended the game as a contest.
DF Eric Garcia, 6 — Did well to deny Toko Ekambi a shot on goal with a well-timed tackle, but the loose ball landed at the feet of Cornet to stroke home the opener. Certainly, the more solid of the two City centre-backs
DF Aymeric Laporte, 5 — Attempted to step up to catch the Lyon attack offside, but was too slow to do so, and the resulting breakaway led to the Cornet opener, before a loose pass led to Lyon’s second. A poor day at the office for the Frenchman.
DF Fernandinho, 6 — Yellow-carded just before the half-hour mark for cynically clipping the elegant Houssem Aouar, but the Brazilian put in a solid shift and was always alert to impending danger around him. Brought off after 55 minutes as his manager looked to change shape, with Riyad Mahrez replacing him.
DF Joao Cancelo, 7 — Threaded through some lovely passes for the City frontline, and at times was his team’s most dangerous player,…