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(Lyon won 3-2 on aggregate)>
Olympique Lyonnais 0 Manchester City 1
(Lyon won 3-2 on aggregate)
Man City Women's maiden adventure in the UEFA Women's Champions League came to an end with a valiant 3-2 aggregate defeat to reigning Champions Lyon.
Trailing 3-1 from the first leg at the Academy Stadium, the Blues headed to France with a mountain to climb against the three-time winners but claimed a hard fought 1-0 triumph at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, thanks to Carli Lloyd's thunderous strike.
Nick Cushing's side battled bravely, pushing their opponents to the wire and received a deserved ovation for an incredible debut in the competition, which heralded a last four spot following triumphs over Zvezda Perm, Brondby IF and Fortuna Hjorring.
Needing to score at least three, City adopted a more narrow attacking approach in a bid to stifle the hosts and steal behind the Lyon backline as they had done in the first leg with success.
The home side looked the more likely to score in the opening 45 minutes however, as Dzsenifer Marozsan forced Karen Bardsley into a save from distance and then saw another long range effort swerve wide.
At the other end, chances were more limited with Lucy Bronze's audacious half volley the closest City came to reducing the deficit. Jill Scott also had a chance but was intercepted by Amel Majri before the England star could muster a shot.
Bardsley was called into action again on the stroke of half time to deny Majri and Lyon headed into the break 3-1 up on aggregate.
Scott had another attempt just after the break but fired straight at Sarah Bouhaddi, while at the other end, Bardsley reacted well to prevent a Steph Houghton own goal.
City broke the deadlock on 55 minutes with help from Bouhaddi, who had denied Lloyd minutes before she passed straight to the USA star. The midfielder down on goal before unleashing a rocket past the goalkeeper to claw the Blues back into the tie.
Cushing's side struggled to breach the Lyon defence after that mistake though and while their victory proved an impressive accomplishment, it would not be enough to clinch progression.
Lyon therefore go through to play Paris Saint Germain in an all-French Final at the Cardiff City Stadium on 1st June.
Sarah Bouhaddi, Griedge M'Bock Bathy, Wendie Renard, Kadeisha Buchanan, Saki Kumagai, Jessica Houara-D'Hommeaux (sub Elodie Thomis 75mins), Amel Majri, Camille Abily (sub Caroline Seger 63mins), Eugenie Le Sommer, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Ada Hegerberg (sub Alex Morgan 45mins). Subs not used: Meline Gerard, Kheira Hamraoui, Claire Lavogez, Josephine Henning.
Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Abbie McManus, Steph Houghton, Kosovare Asllani (sub Tessel Middag 69mins), Jill Scott, Toni Duggan (sub Georgia Stanway 60mins), Carli Lloyd, Izzy Christiansen (sub Nikita Parris 84mins). Subs not used: Ellie Roebuck, Marie Hourihan, Jennifer Beattie, Jane Ross.
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