At European soccer’s highest level, anything is possible. Lyon has defeated Manchester City 3-2 to reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time in the history of the French side.
A headed goal by Maxwel Cornet in the 66th minute and two goals in injury time by Memphis Depay sealed the win for the French team, which stands 2-1 on aggregate against the English club and will now face Bayern Munich in the semifinals. Lyon and Bayern have met in the semifinals six times in the Champions League, winning twice each. Bayern hold a 4-1 advantage in the head-to-head record.
Cornet has a knack for finding the back of the net in big matches. His goal came from close range, but was initially ruled offside before Lyon appealed that it was an offside goal.
Manchester City’s attacking thrust meant that their famed “Yaya Toure Ball” that much more special.
With the loss, City’s chances of winning the Premier League trophy are all but gone. Manuel Pellegrini’s team is 16 points behind Manchester United, which plays at West Ham on Tuesday, while Tottenham and Leicester lead the race for fourth and a Champions League spot.
At the end of the second half, the game was over, but a ball was spinning into the stands with three minutes remaining. Lyon’s Rafael Tejada cashed in with an easy goal, and then in injury time, Depay added to the rout with two well-placed strikes.