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Women's Match Report | Season 2017/18

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STRIKE: Carli Lloyd breaks the deadlock with a thunderous effort

STRIKE: Carli Lloyd breaks the deadlock with a thunderous effort

UEFA Womens Champions League Parc Olympique Lyonnais Att:19214 Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:45:00 PM

Olympique Lyonnais

0
0 - 1

City

1

Lloyd 57'

Referee
Esther Staubli
Match Highlights

Olympique Lyonnais:

  • Bouhaddi
  • Renard (c)
  • Kumagai
  • Majri
  • Houara-D'Hommeaux Thomis 75’
  • Le Sommer
  • Marozsan
  • Hegerberg Morgan 46’
  • Buchanan
  • Abily Seger 63’
  • M'Bock Bathy
Unused subs
Gerard, Hamraoui, Lavogez.

City:

  • Bardsley
  • Bronze
  • McManus
  • Houghton (c)
  • Stokes
  • Walsh
  • Scott
  • Asllani (Middag 69) Christiansen (Parris 83)
  • Lloyd
  • Duggan Stanway 59’
Unused subs
Hourihan, Roebuck, Beattie, Ross.

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.

What happened…

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.

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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.

What it means…

Lyon sail through to the final in Cardiff, where they will face PSG on 1 June.

Team notes…

Cushing made one enforced change to the side that lined up at the Academy Stadium a week ago, as Izzy Christiansen replaced the injured Mel Lawley.

The Blues lined up in a 4-2-2-2 formation, seeking to penetrate down the middle.

Bardsley took her place in goal, shielded by her regular backline of Demi Stokes, Houghton, Abbie McManus and Bronze.

Keira Walsh and Christiansen protected the back four, behind Kosovare Asllani and Scott, while Lloyd and Toni Duggan occupied the attacking roles.

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