Top Winners and Losers After Saturday's Champions League QuarterfInals Results

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 15, 2020

Lyon's Moussa Dembele, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third goal during the Champions League quarterfinal match between Manchester City and Lyon at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (Franck Fife/Pool Photo via AP)
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Lyon's incredible run in the UEFA Champions League continued in stunning fashion Saturday.

The French side benefited from a pair of second-half goals out of Moussa Dembele to down Manchester City 3-1.

To reach the semifinal round, Lyon knocked off two title contenders: Juventus in the round of 16 and Manchester City in the one-leg quarterfinal.

Manchester City was let down by some defensive lapses, but it still created plenty of chances to play its way back into the game.

Lyon will now try to do the unthinkable and defeat a third European giant in a row in the semifinal against Bayern Munich on Wednesday in Lisbon, Portugal.


Winners and Losers from Saturday's Quarterfinal

Winner: Moussa Dembele

The boost provided by Dembele's introduction was similar to what Paris Saint-Germain received when Kylian Mbappe entered in its quarterfinal win Wednesday.

The 24-year-old French forward added an instant spark to the Lyon offense and put away the two chances he was given.

In the 79th minute, he ran toward the Man City goal untouched after he received the ball through a splendid dummy by Karl Toko Ekambi that kept the play onside.

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VAR checked (again). Moussa Dembélé right off the bench puts Lyon ahead! https://t.co/Swz1Pfm6Ag

Eight minutes later, Dembele sealed Lyon's place in the final four by placing a shot into the right side of the net off a rebound created by Ederson.

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Moussa Dembélé again! Lyon pull ahead by two! https://t.co/2jIOHufamo

The pair of goals moved Dembele's career Champions League tally against Manchester City to four, which is more than he has against the other 11 squads he has faced in the competition, per Opta:

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4 - Moussa Dembele 🇫🇷 has scored more goals against Manchester City in the Champions League (4 goals in 3 games) than against the other 11 teams he’s faced in the competition (3 in 22 games). GameOver. #MCIOL #UCL https://t.co/fBItHoL8Bh

Dembele only made seven touches in his 16-minute cameo, but he made an impact with the time he spent on the ball.


Winner: Karl Toko Ekambi

Ekambi made the most important play of the game without touching the ball.

The 27-year-old forward was in an offside position when Houssem Aouar played a ball from midfield through the Man City defense.

If Ekambi touched the ball, the attacking move would have either been whistled dead on the spot or called back during a review because he would have made contact in an offside position.

Instead, he made the smart move to dummy over the ball and let it roll to Dembele, who surged forward to beat Ederson.

Without the smart thinking on the fly from Ekambi, Lyon may have been stuck tied at a goal apiece and would have had to fight longer to move on.


Sterling had the opportunity to erase Lyon's go-ahead goal in the 86th minute, but he failed to convert.

The Englishman was left wide open in the center of the penalty area, but he skied a shot well over the net instead of providing the equalizer.

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Just moments before the Lyon dagger... Raheem Sterling will not soon forget this miss... https://t.co/A6lRUOOxRd

The glaring miss late in the second half will be what most people remember about Sterling from the contest despite him having one of the better performances in the City squad.

Sterling dropped in the game-tying assist to Kevin De Bruyne in the 69th minute and combined well with the Belgian for a bulk of the contest.

Sterling finished with three shots and a trio of key passes, but he could not get an attempt on target while City was chasing a result.


Loser: Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has been unable to get Man City over the quarterfinal hump in the Champions League.

As Opta noted, the manager failed to put the English club into the final four after having a wealth of success with FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

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3 - Since progressing from his first seven Champions League quarter-finals as a manager with Barcelona and FC Bayern München, Pep Guardiola has been eliminated in each of his three appearances at this stage of the competition with Man City (17-18, 18-19 & 19-20). Crushing. #UCL https://t.co/szeEW7qLWG

Guardiola's tactical plan was questionable at best, as he started Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia and Fernandinho in a back three.

Laporte and Garcia were caught out on a few occasions, and Fernandinho had to be taken off in the 56th minute with a yellow card to his name.

Guardiola adjusted well for parts of the contest, but the defensive setup ultimately failed him when the high line was exposed by Dembele on the game-winning goal.

The loss ended an unsuccessful season by Man City's standards in which it was dumped out of the UCL in the quarterfinals, lost the Premier League title to Liverpool, did not make the FA Cup final and only won the EFL League Cup.


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Statistics obtained from WhoScored.