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Man City Women’s maiden adventure in the 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.
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.