After four gripping quarter-final ties, the Champions League semis have quickly come around. 

Bayern Munich thrashed Barcelona 8-2 to create the biggest story in Lisbon last week, but there was still plenty of drama elsewhere. 

Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Lyon all scored late goals to advance, the latter upsetting Manchester City in the process. 

PSG face Leipzig on Tuesday, while Lyon have the unenviable task of taking on favourites Bayern 24 hours later. 

Using Opta data, here are some of the key facts heading into the games. 

 

RB LEIPZIG V PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

1 - Both Leipzig and PSG are aiming to reach their first ever European Cup or Champions League final.

3 - PSG have progressed from each of their three prior European knockout ties against German opponents, including eliminating Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 this year.

16 - It is 16 years since a French team last reached the Champions League final. Of the past seven Ligue 1 sides to make it to this stage, only Monaco (2004) have gone a step further.

34 - PSG are aiming to score in a 34th consecutive Champions League match, tying Real Madrid's record from 2011 to 2014.

33 - Leipzig's Julian Nagelsmann could become the youngest coach to reach a Champions League final - at 33 - taking the record from Didier Deschamps, who was 35 with Monaco in 2004.

23 - Since debuting in the competition for Barca in 2013-14, Neymar has provided more Champions League assists than any other player. He set up PSG’s equaliser against Atalanta in the quarter-final, too.

10 - Kylian Mbappe is enjoying his best Champions League campaign for goal involvements, registering five goals and five assists in just eight appearances. He has been involved in a Champions League goal on average every 48 minutes this term.
 

LYON V BAYERN MUNICH

10 - Lyon and Bayern are meeting for the first time in 10 years, with their previous tie also a Champions League semi-final. Bayern were 4-0 aggregate winners in 2009-10 and have won four of their eight previous match-ups in all.

12 - In the Champions League era, only Madrid (13) have reached the last four on more occasions than Bayern.

2 - After Deschamps with Monaco, Rudi Garcia is aiming to become just the second French coach to lead a French team into a Champions League final.

10 -  With a victory, Bayern can equal the longest winning run in Champions League history - matching their own 2013 streak which Madrid also tied in 2015. Bayern's nine-match sequence is already the joint-best - along with Barcelona in 2002-03 - from the start of a campaign.

3 - Bayern have 39 goals in the Champions League so far this season, a tally only three teams have ever beaten across an entire campaign.

8 - It has been eight years since Lyon won back-to-back Champions League matches in the same season, beating Dinamo Zagreb in the 2011-12 group stage before edging their last-16 first leg against APOEL.

15 - Moussa Dembele and Philippe Coutinho both scored twice as 75th-minute substitutes in the quarter-finals. They now jointly hold the record for the fewest minutes played in a Champions League knockout match while scoring at least twice.

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann does not believe Pep Guardiola made a mistake by making tactical tweaks to his Manchester City side in their surprise defeat to Lyon.

City exited the Champions League on Saturday, with Lyon progressing to the last four – where they will meet an imperious-looking Bayern Munich – with a 3-1 win.

Raheem Sterling missed a glorious opportunity when City were 2-1 down, with Moussa Dembele subsequently making sure of Lyon's progression with his second goal.

Seemingly in an attempt to match Lyon's system, Guardiola switched to a 3-4-3 shape for Saturday's clash.

But his tinkering backfired, with Guardiola coming in for some criticism for altering the system, while Lyon coach Rudi Garcia claimed his side "won the tactical battle."

Nagelsmann, however, insists it was individual moments, rather than the tactics, which ultimately cost City.

"The idea he basically had was not too complicated," Nagelsmann, who often alternates between using a back three and back four, told a news conference ahead of Leipzig's semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

"Whether 3-4-3 or 4-3-3, I don't think that is that crucial for a Kevin De Bruyne.

"In the end, it's individual situations. In my opinion, it is a bit too easy to always blame the formation for something like that.

"If City had won, everyone would have said 'world-class tactics!' Now he has surprised everyone.' It's a tightrope.

"In a knockout game you often have to make tactical adjustments that you might not make in the league. If necessary, you can take a point with you. That doesn't work in the Champions League. Every coach has to be there to find your own way."

Leipzig booked their place in the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid, while PSG overcame Atalanta in dramatic fashion.

Nagelsmann is expecting a stern challenge, especially with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both likely to start for PSG, yet believes his side are playing with more verve and resilience than they showed in the closing stages of the Bundesliga season.

"I think that in the Bundesliga the players were tired and struggling to catch up," he said. "They were strange times. 

"They are hungry for victory and against Atletico Madrid it was possible to see that. We are happy, but we still want to take more steps and the players are prepared.

"[PSG's] quality is very high, so it will be a collective effort. We will try to impose our game and be brave. We want to try to put them under pressure, we have this potential, with many young players, and we are going to show it."

Lyon have returned to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 10 years, but a familiar foe lies in their path.

As in the 2009-10 season, Lyon must get past Bayern Munich to reach the final.

In that campaign, Bayern eased through 4-0 on aggregate, despite a testing first leg, but then lost to Inter in the showpiece match. Both sides will hope for a change in fortunes as they prepare for a mammoth week in Lisbon.

First, we take a look at their previous clash, the contrasting fortunes that led to Lyon's 10-year absence from the last four and how Houssem Aouar can help stop Bayern.
 

OLIC OUSTS OL IN THE LAST FOUR

Heading into the two-legged tie in 2010, Lyon had faced Bayern six times in European competition, with the sides winning two matches apiece and drawing the other two.

The scales tipped in Bayern's favour in the first leg in Munich despite Franck Ribery's first-half red card. Jeremy Toulalan was dismissed early in the second period and Arjen Robben struck, his powerful shot taking a touch off Thomas Muller to deceive Hugo Lloris for a 1-0 win.

Any hopes of a Lyon turnaround were significantly dented before half-time in the return leg as Ivica Olic's right-footed goal from a Muller pass left Les Gones needed to score three.

Instead, Cris saw red and Olic scored twice more - first with his left boot, then with his head - for a perfect hat-trick to complete a dominant aggregate win.
 

LES GONES GONE FROM THE BIG STAGE

Defeat to Bayern marked the end of Lyon's era of dominance in France. Having won seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles up to the end of the 2007-08 season, they are yet to add an eighth.

Indeed, OL have subsequently struggled to even challenge for the championship amid Paris Saint-Germain's ascent and this year finished seventh, their lowest placing since 1997 - albeit partly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

By contrast, Bayern, who had competition in Germany in the 2000s, have claimed eight consecutive Bundesliga crowns.

It has been a similar tale on the European stage, too. Lyon played in the knockout stages of the Champions League in every season between 2003-04 and 2011-12 but only returned last term. Not since 2011-12 have they won consecutive matches in the same campaign in this competition.

After defeat in the 2010 decider, Bayern returned to the final in 2012 and 2013, winning the latter match against Borussia Dortmund. They are making their 12th semi-final appearance, second only to Real Madrid.
 

GETTING BACK AGAINST THE ODDS

Given their domestic struggles this term, it has come as some surprise that Rudi Garcia - an unpopular appointment - has been able to guide Lyon back to the big time.

Lyon were a third seed in the group-stage draw but profited from a relatively forgiving pool, coming from two goals down in their final match to earn a point against RB Leipzig and pip Benfica and Zenit to second place.

The subsequent draws have not been quite as kind, pairing OL first with Juventus and then with Manchester City, but the delay in the season meant the return of the injured Memphis Depay to help inspire them in both ties.

Bayern present an even tougher task, though. Hansi Flick's side have won their first nine Champions League games this term - a joint-record - and can tie the all-time streak across multiple campaigns with a 10th victory.
 

CAPABLE OF CAUSING PROBLEMS

Lyon just last week dispensed of a City side who love to attack but too often leave the door open at the back. They will back themselves to beat Bayern.

The Bundesliga champions battered Barca with their relentless pressing, yet this was the oldest Blaugrana XI in Champions League history at an average age of 29 years and 329 days.

OL will expect to have more energy - particularly in midfield. The trio that started against City were 20, 22 and 22 respectively and combined for eight tackles, more than the entire Barca team managed against Bayern.

The outstanding Aouar also assisted the second strike and has now created seven goals since his Champions League debut, trailing only Kylian Mbappe (10) and Riyad Mahrez (eight) in that regard. Meanwhile, he has won 20 fouls this season, second only to Marco Verratti.

Disrupting the likes of Thiago, Leon Goretzka and Muller - who still remains 10 years on - will be a major ask, but Lyon have endured a long wait to get another shot at the big time.

Benjamin Pavard resumed light training on Monday in a boost for Bayern Munich ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Lyon.

The defender injured a metatarsal ligament last month and played no part in the 8-2 quarter-final destruction of Barcelona in Lisbon.

Pavard only travelled to Portugal to link up with the squad last Thursday after having stayed in Munich to receive treatment.

Bayern said in a statement that he was able to complete part of team training at the Cidade do Futebol, the home of the Portugal national team.

The France international is unlikely to be fully fit for Wednesday's game against Lyon, but his return to training will give coach Hansi Flick some hope that he could be involved or at least ready should Bayern reach the final.

Joshua Kimmich was moved to right-back against Barca in Pavard's absence, with Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka paired at the heart of midfield.

Lyon, who beat Manchester City 3-1 to reach the last four, will face Bayern in a repeat of the 2009-10 semi-final, which the Bundesliga champions won 4-0 on aggregate.

Rudi Garcia said Lyon were growing in confidence heading into their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.

Lyon backed up their upset of Juventus by stunning Manchester City 3-1 in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

But the Ligue 1 side face another enormous test in the last four as they prepare to face Bayern on Wednesday.

Garcia said his team were becoming increasingly confident, but understands they will need another upset against the Bundesliga champions.

"I think that we are getting more and more confident. Our results prove it," the Lyon coach told a news conference.

"But we know that we are the underdog against Bayern. We will need to do something big again, like we did against Juventus, like we did against City.

"We are not the favourites to go to the final. But we are in the semi-finals, so we are allowed to think that we deserve it.

"If we reach the final, we will really deserve it. For sure."

Moussa Dembele admitted to being "sad" about starting on the bench before producing his heroics for Lyon against Manchester City.

Dembele was introduced in the second half and struck twice in a 3-1 win in the Champions League quarter-finals on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne had earlier cancelled out Maxwel Cornet's opener before Dembele helped deliver Lyon's surprise victory.

The 24-year-old said he was upset about not getting a start, but wanted to lift Lyon if he got his chance.

"Of course, a player is always sad when he doesn't start a game," Dembele said.

"But it's important to stay focused because a match is long. As long as the referee hasn't blown the whistle, it's not over.

"When I came into the pitch, I did everything I could to help the team win."

Lyon's shock win sent them into a semi-final against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Dembele believes Lyon, who finished seventh in Ligue 1, have been a different side since returning from the coronavirus-enforced break last month.

"After the break, we promised ourselves that we would give everything. Every time we are on the pitch, we try to give 100 per cent," he said.

"I think the spirit of the group has changed and that's good for the future. We're still in this competition so that means we're a great team."

Maxwel Cornet played down suggestions he had a "secret" to scoring against Manchester City after netting again in Lyon's win.

Cornet opened the scoring in Saturday's 3-1 victory in the Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon.

The Ivory Coast international has netted in three straight games against City, including a brace in 2018.

But the forward dismissed any talk there was a secret to his success against the Premier League giants.

"My secret to always score against City? I don't know, I don't have a secret," Cornet told a news conference.

"The most important is to do what the coach asks and be strong defensively. First, you have to do the job defensively, and then you can create some chances.

"It worked and I am very happy for the team. I am very happy with our team spirit. It's great. Let's hope we will continue."

While Kevin De Bruyne cancelled out Cornet's opener, Moussa Dembele came off the bench to score a match-winning brace.

After their upset win, Lyon will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola urged Manchester City to "stand up" and target Champions League success again in 2020-21.

City fell in the quarter-finals for the third straight season, suffering a surprise 3-1 loss to Lyon in Lisbon on Saturday.

As the club's wait for a first Champions League title goes on, City manager Guardiola called on his side to respond next season.

"After the break we are going to start the competition again, will recover, we will restart it again and you know we try to do it again," he told a news conference.

"Of course, I'm not able with these guys to break this line, the quarter-finals. So, three years in a row in that position, we are out.

"I think what these guys have done, they deserve to do it again, or to go through and go to reach the semi-finals but we are not able, but life is how you stand up again and next season we're going to try again."

After Maxwel Cornet's opener for Lyon, Kevin De Bruyne levelled for City in the 69th minute.

But Moussa Dembele came off the bench to net a winning brace for the Ligue 1 outfit.

While there was some controversy about Dembele's first goal, Guardiola refused to make excuses.

"Listen, it happened many times in this competition but I don't want to talk about it now, I am finding, or we are finding as a club, excuses," he said.

"It is what it is, referee decides, the VAR decides in this instances, so.
We struggled in the first 15, 20 minutes to find the spaces to attack a little bit better with more consistency and after, the last 15, 20 minutes, they started to play really good, a team that's so aggressive, defensively strong like all the French teams. In the second half we are good but not good enough.

"The distance is sometimes the chances we miss and after we concede the goals, so it is what it is. Maybe one day we will break this part, the quarter-finals, I'm not able, with these incredible guys, to do it. We are going to try in the future."

Raheem Sterling would struggle to sleep after his big miss against Lyon in the Champions League quarter-final, according to Gary Lineker.

Usually so reliable in front of goal for Manchester City, Sterling blazed a glorious open-goal chance over the Lyon bar when the French side were 2-1 ahead.

An equaliser then could have seen the game swing City's way, but instead Lyon poured forward and scored another against Pep Guardiola's team, wrapping up a shock 3-1 win.

Former England striker Lineker, now a presenter with BT Sport, said Sterling got his technique wrong and attempted to apply too much power to the cross from Gabriel Jesus.

"He looked like he was in the perfect position to hit it, but he's not going to sleep very well tonight, Raheem Sterling," Lineker said.

He explained what Sterling got wrong at that critical moment.

"I tell you why he's missed it: because he's tried to hit it too hard," Lineker said.

"When you're in that position where you know you've got an open goal, the only way you can miss it is putting your foot through it, and if there is a slight bobble there is a chance it'll go over the bar.

"It's almost like he's trying to hit it with a little bit of force and there's obviously been a little bit of lift of the ball, a little bobble.

"But if you take the weight off it, you can’t miss."

Rudi Garcia proudly announced Lyon "won the tactical battle" against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in their shock Champions League win.

Lyon reached the semi-finals with a 3-1 success in Lisbon on Saturday as City were dumped out at the quarter-final stage for the third season running.

Maxwel Cornet scored midway through the first half and Lyon rallied again following Kevin De Bruyne's equaliser, with substitute Moussa Dembele on target twice.

Lyon lined up with a 3-5-2 formation, which City matched, but Garcia's side looked far more comfortable than their opponents.

The coach explained to RMC Sport: "You have to expect everything with Guardiola, but we won the tactical battle.

"We have mastered our formation well. We have returned to a hybrid set-up to stop De Bruyne."

Tactics were not the only route to victory, though, with Garcia hailing Lyon's team spirit as they battled hard against apparently superior opposition.

"I'm proud of my troops," he said. "We believed in ourselves. We knew we were not favourites against a big team, but we managed to qualify by scoring three goals and conceding only one.

"It is linked to our collective spirit. We saw everyone working to a high level for each other."

Garcia was also pleased for Dembele, who started from the bench but made a decisive impact.

"It was a disappointment for Dembele not to start, but I told him that he would be very important," Garcia revealed.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas paid tribute to coach Rudi Garcia following the surprise 3-1 Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City.

The Ligue 1 side were outsiders for the contest in Lisbon despite progressing past Juventus in the previous round, but they produced a memorable victory.

Maxwel Cornet opened the scoring in the first half as City appeared uneasy with Guardiola's altered set-up and starting XI, choosing to go with a back three.

Kevin De Bruyne levelled deep into the second period, but howlers from Ederson led to Moussa Dembele netting twice in the closing stages to secure a famous win for Lyon.

It takes them to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 10 years and Aulas believes the achievement vindicates the decision to appoint Garcia in October after a shambolic start to the season under Sylvinho.

"It's a huge achievement, well done to Rudi, Juninho [Pernambucano, sporting director] and to the players who were magnificent," an emotional Aulas told RMC Sport.

"We had a terrible year, we started badly, we changed coaches, we had terrible injuries. We were able to recruit and react strongly.

"We have a talented team. You have to have a bit of success beyond talent, we've had some, that's why we have to remain humble. It's a very great performance.

"Garcia is a boy who does his job well. We had identified him to straighten out OL. He knew with humility, and sometimes difficulties, to do his work.

"It is the evolution towards what we have wished. Juninho knew how to support him in difficult times. It is a confirmation for me, he deserves the recognition."

Bayern Munich await in the semis, as they did a decade ago, and Aulas applauded his players for what he feels is a response to perceived injustice with the early end of Ligue 1, which left Lyon finishing the season seventh and requiring to win the Champions League just to qualify for Europe again.

"It's wonderful," Aulas said. "We have a group that has been able to transcend itself, to come together. As we have good players and only the psychological side was missing, we see that this competition comes at the right time.

"We are living fantastic moments, I'm very happy. It's great to have been able to string together a qualification against Juve and then against City.

"We know they [Juve and City] are fantastic powers. We feel that normally this team [City] should have progressed, it's a feat and a kind of resonance compared to everything we have been through in recent months.

"The players seized on this injustice which has nailed us to seventh place [in Ligue 1]. We are making results, we had to beat this team.

"It was excellent coaching from Rudi. I think of all our supporters who find pride again."

For the third successive season, Manchester City's quest for a maiden Champions League crown ends at the quarter-final stage, and once again questions will be asked of Pep Guardiola.

The Catalan coach, a visionary and the man regarded as the finest tactician in football, was brought in to take City to the next level – winning the Champions League – but familiar criticism will be levelled at him following Saturday's shock 3-1 defeat to Lyon.

That's the same Lyon who finished seventh in Ligue 1 and had played just two competitive matches since March.

Guardiola has made a habit of tinkering with his set-up for the biggest matches in recent years, so much so that his meddling – however curious – was almost to be expected here.

Were his decisions crucial? That's debatable. Were they influential? Absolutely.

Eric Garcia was given the responsibility of starting at centre-back, though once the match began the rest of Guardiola's line-up – and the fact Fernandinho dropped in as a third central defender – became clearer.

But what didn't make much sense was City's high line and why they had deferred from their strongest set-up and starting XI – Riyad Mahrez, David Silva and Bernardo Silva were all among those on the bench.

As for their defence, a layman could have pointed out that Lyon's forward pairing of Karl Toko Ekambi and Memphis Depay, as well as left wing-back Maxwel Cornet, have plenty of pace. Surely a high line would play right into their hands?

Such a backline set-up was on display, and punished on several occasions, in Bayern Munich's 8-2 win over Barcelona 24 hours earlier and it wasn't especially surprising to see Lyon exploit this when taking the lead.

After all, Lyon had already threatened with passes over City's defence when Toko Ekambi raced clear in the 24th minute. And although Garcia's last-ditch tackle was exceptional, Cornet was on hand to squeeze a delightful curled effort inside the left post with Ederson out of his goal.

City did enjoy a promising flurry late in the first half, but beyond Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, there was very little craft on display from them.

Guardiola's side were then met with a wonderful intensity after the break, as if Rudi Garcia had told his youthful Lyon this was the opportunity of a lifetime.

It did not initially lead to much from an attacking sense, rather an increased solidity at the back – City had 71 per cent of the possession between half-time and the 60th minute but failed to create a single clear chance.

Houssem Aouar and Maxence Caqueret, the fledgling pairing in midfield, were exceptional with their effective harrying off the ball and ability to ease pressure once in possession.

Though for a time, once City had levelled through De Bruyne – teed up by Sterling – it looked as though there would be only one winner. The Premier League giants would surely have too much from there.

But Lyon suddenly sprung into life, as if they had just been hibernating, conserving energy in case a late burst was required.

Granted, there was certainly a hint of fortune about Lyon's second goal. Moussa Dembele got it, but he was helped by poor goalkeeping from Ederson and VAR, with the officials deciding he hadn't fouled Aymeric Laporte in the build-up and the offside Toko Ekambi was not interfering with play.

But from City's perspective, it saw their high line exposed yet again.

Sterling's seemingly impossible miss soon after summed up their day, and Lyon took advantage – Dembele tucking in his second a minute later after another Ederson howler.

Defeat robs Guardiola of a semi-final against his former club Bayern Munich, the dream last-four clash of many a neutral – though, on the evidence of this, Die Roten might have been in for another landslide victory such were City's defensive issues.

For all of Guardiola's qualities, several times before he has been accused of overcomplicating life for himself in games of this magnitude. He might have changed his set-up back in time against Real Madrid, but here it set the tone for the rest of the night.

His tinkering seemed unnecessary. City have more than enough ability to beat the seventh-best team in France on their own terms.

It's difficult to argue that this isn't another high-profile defeat that Guardiola has brought on himself.

Pep Guardiola explained his tactical tweaks in Manchester City's shock Champions League loss to Lyon were to try to cover his side's weaknesses and rued Raheem Sterling's costly miss.

City fell to a 3-1 defeat in Saturday's quarter-final in Lisbon, with Moussa Dembele striking twice after Kevin De Bruyne had cancelled out Maxwel Cornet's opener.

There will be much scrutiny of the tactical choices made by Guardiola, who opted to line up with an unfamiliar three-man defence with wing-backs, while Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva were unused substitutes despite the need for goals.

When asked about his line-up by BT Sport, Guardiola said: "No, what we have done is try to cover our weak points in comparing with the strong points, like they make incredible [moves] in the channels with the two-v-two.

"[After the] first 15-20 minutes of the first half, it was magnificent, we unblocked our respect a little bit, or we struggled to find our spaces to attack and in the same shape we played well in the final 10-15 minutes. 

"We created chances, scored a magnificent goal, but unfortunately missed another one."

The match was defined by a scarcely believable period in which Sterling blazed over the crossbar with the goal wide open before Dembele pounced on a poor parry from Ederson at the other end to make it 3-1 and all but end City's hopes.

Guardiola accepted that to progress in the Champions League such errors cannot occur.

"In this situation, you have to equalise and go to extra-time in the last minutes, and after, we concede the third goal," he added.

"In this competition, you have to be perfect. We created more chances, more shooting, but unfortunately we are out again."

It marks the third straight season City have fallen at the quarter-final stage under Guardiola, who remains convinced his side will eventually end that hoodoo.

"One day we will break this gap to the semis. In the first 20, 25 minutes, we struggled to find spaces to attack," he said.

"The second half was okay - we were there. I had a feeling we were better. You have to be perfect in this competition."

Lyon's second goal was not without controversy with the VAR checking for a potential foul on Aymeric Laporte, while City also appealed in vain for offside against Karl Toko Ekambi, who let the ball pass through his legs to the onside Dembele.

Guardiola was not in the mood to find excuses for his team's failure, though.

"I don't know. I don't want to talk about the circumstances sometimes, you know I don't wanna talk, it looks like i am complaining or finding excuses, we are out," he reasoned. 

"I had the feeling we were incredible already. We did a lot of good things, but we made a lot of mistakes in the boxes in the key moments."

Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City "need to learn" as their repeated Champions League failures are "not good enough".

City were favourites for this season's competition heading to the quarter-finals in Lisbon, yet they were stunned by Lyon on Saturday, crashing out with a 3-1 defeat.

It is the third consecutive campaign in which Pep Guardiola's side have been beaten in the last eight after a humbling at the hands of Liverpool and then a dramatic loss to Tottenham, both of whom would subsequently reach the final.

De Bruyne equalised for City after Maxwel Cornet's first-half opener, but a Moussa Dembele brace - the first contentious, the second courtesy of an Ederson error - saw Lyon through.

City's talismanic midfielder told BT Sport afterwards: "We need to learn. It's not good enough. That's it."

He added: "It's a different year, same stuff. I think the first half wasn't good enough, I think we know that.

"We started slow. We had not many options, but I think second half we played really well.

"We come back to 1-1, missed a couple of chances and then, obviously, the 2-1, the 3-1 ends the game. It's a shame for us to go out in that way."

Raheem Sterling had a glaring miss at 2-1 that would have brought City level again and De Bruyne acknowledged big matches turn on such moments.

"Even at 2-1, if Raz scores the goal, it's 2-2 and the game goes on," he said. "That's football, those fine margins, they make the difference. It's 3-1 and it's all over."

There was controversy surrounding Dembele's first, as Karl Toko Ekambi was offside and let the ball through his legs, while Aymeric Laporte claimed to have been fouled.

But De Bruyne did not look for excuses, saying: "I have no idea, I've not seen it back. Whatever they decide, they decide.

"I'm not going to blame that. I think we should have done better. I'd have to look back to see whatever it was."

Manchester City again came unstuck against Lyon in the Champions League as a controversial 3-1 defeat saw Pep Guardiola miss out on a semi-final against his former club Bayern Munich.

Lyon won away to City in the 2018-19 group stage - also drawing at home - and they again had the tournament favourites' number in Lisbon on Saturday.

Maxwel Cornet scored in both prior meetings between the sides and was on target once more midway through the first half as City struggled to get to grips with the five-man defence named by Guardiola.

That formation was ditched before the hour mark and Kevin De Bruyne equalised, but substitute Moussa Dembele restored Lyon's lead following a contentious counter-attack with 11 minutes remaining and then added another after an Ederson error.

Raheem Sterling remarkably missed an open goal between Dembele's decisive strikes as City suffered further European misery in stunning fashion.

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