Manchester City are into the Round of 16 after a hard fought 2-2 draw against Lyon tonight at the Groupama Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men were disappointing in the first half but improved in a second half packed with goals. The Blues had to come from behind twice to ensure qualification, and need just a point against Hoffenheim to ensure top spot in Group F.
Here’s how we rated the players on a cold night in France.
Ederson – 6
There was little he could do about either goal, especially Cornet’s beautiful but slightly deflected strike into the top corner.
Kyle Walker – 6
A typical Walker performance with some good moments and some dodgy moments. He hasn’t been at his very best but does his job.
John Stones – 7
A decent display at the back by Stones in a game where City had plenty of defending to do for a change. As Lyon went on one of their dangerous counter attacks in the second half, Stones used his wits to slow down Fekir, limiting him to a tame effort.
Aymeric Laporte – 9.5 (Man of the Match)
Another sensational display by the Basque-French defender, perhaps his best in a City shirt as he was by far the stand-out performer in the first half, then scored City’s crucial equaliser with a bullet header to make it 1-1. He made several huge tackles to spare the Blues’ blushes.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6
Had 111 touches of the ball – more than anyone else on the pitch – but on the whole contributed very little and was mostly involved in the link-up play.
Fernandinho – 6
He’s been phenomenal lately but the Brazilian titan was below par today. He picked up a very early booking, which was probably undeserved (when usually he gets away with a lot!), and that may have made him hesitate with his challenges for the rest of the game.
David Silva – 6
El Mago was well below par today, bringing to end a run of astonishingly good games. He looked leggy and lacked sharpness for much of the game but began to make more of an impact as City took control of the game in the second period.
Riyad Mahrez – 5
If not for his assist for Aguero from a corner he’d be rated even lower. A really poor night for the Algerian who has been improving after adapting to life at City. Had City’s best and only good chance of the first half and should have done better.
Raheem Sterling – 6
Another under-performer in a generally disappointing night for City’s front line despite the two goals – one of which he assisted from a free kick. Raz was world class at the weekend but not at his best against a well-drilled Lyon defence.
Leroy Sané – 5
Besides a couple of good moments, notably creating Mahrez’s first half chance, he was pretty much non-existent tonight and was taken off in the second half.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Once again it wasn’t Sergio’s best night but he worked hard and was rewarded when he glanced in a header to ensure City got a draw out of the game and qualified for the next round.
Fabian Delph – N/A
Came on to add steel to the midfield as he replaced Sané, but Lyon scored anyway (not that it was his fault!).
Phil Foden – N/A
Came on in injury time and didn’t touch the ball once.