Champions League: Lyon upset Man City

first_imgA missed open goal from Raheem Sterling proved pivotal as a Moussa Dembele-inspired Lyon upset the odds to knock Man City out of the Champions League.Man City cracked the Lyon defence wide open in the early stages, though Sterling’s close-range cutback was cleared by the outstretched leg of a Lyon defender with Gabriel Jesus poised to strike. Lyon’s first opportunity came from a corner after City’s clearance fell straight to centre-half Marcelo.The Brazilian chested the ball down and unleashed a fierce low drive that drew a smart stop from Ederson.Despite ceding the majority of possession to City, Lyon took the lead in the 24th minute.Karl Toko Ekambi latched onto a lofted through ball after Kyle Walker played the forward onside, with the ball breaking to Maxwel Cornet following Eric Garcia’s last-ditch tackle.The Ivorian’s accurate first-time finish caught Ederson out at the near post as Lyon took a surprising 1-0 lead. Pep Guardiola’s men attempted to raise the tempo of their play, and Sterling turned provider for Rodri in a chance the Spaniard should’ve done better with.Sterling’s fake cross left one defender in his wake and cut the ball back to Rodri, but his shot was scuffed and hit too central to truly trouble the Lyon goalkeeper.An exquisite pass from De Bruyne then set Sterling away, but his finish like Rodri’s wasn’t sufficient to level the scores as half-time approached.City once again retained the bulk of possession following the break, but chances from open play were proving difficult to carve out against a resilient and energetic Lyon side.Kevin De Bruyne stung the hands of Anthony Lopes from a free kick just before the hour mark, but failed to hit the target from an even better position moments later. The Belgian found the mark at the third time of asking in the 67th minute after neat work set Sterling scampering away down the left.The England forward found De Bruyne unmarked inside the box and the Belgian duly tucked away first-time to level the scores at 1-1.Jesus then forced Lopes into a smart near-post save as City got their tails up, but failed to score form an even better chance moments later.Lyon then hit City on the break and retook the lead through substitute Moussa Dembele, but the goal was not without its controversy.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results A VAR check ruled out a possible foul in the build-up, and adjudged a Lyon attacker not to have been interfering with play after the through ball that set Dembele haring down on goal had passed between his legs.The match then turned on its head as Raheem Sterling somehow missed an open goal from barely six yards, then Lyon tore down the other end minutes later and made it 3-1 through Dembele after Ederson failed to adequately clear the initial shot.City pushed desperately to get back into the game, but time was always against them as their Champions League campaign came to a close at the quarter-final stage.Tags: EdersonGabriel JesusLyonMoussa DembelePep GuardiolaRaheem SterlingUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Hoosiers next stop for Badgers

first_imgSenior forward Scott Lorenz will look to provide the offense spark for UW against the Hoosiers.[/media-credit]The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team will fight to extend its season at the Big Ten Tournament Thursday in Bloomington, Ind.The No. 5 Badgers will take on No. 4 Indiana Thursday morning, both battling for a spot in the semifinals and for bid to the NCAA Tournament.Although the Badgers lost their first encounter with the Hoosiers 1-0 earlier in the year, they come into the tournament with a 3-3 Big Ten record, including a 2-0 win over No. 1 seed Ohio St. and a 2-1 overtime win against No. 3 seed Northwestern. Those wins — along with a 5-3 record in its last eight games — give the team a lot of confidence going into the tournament.“We showed we can compete with anybody in the Big Ten, so I’m expecting us to do well,” said UW senior goal keeper Alex Horwath. “I think we can go three games in a row and hopefully bring it back to Madison.“Indiana is talented, but we’re definitely not afraid of them. We’re excited to play them; we’re looking forward to the opportunity,” he continued.With the top five teams in the Big Ten standings finishing within only a game of one another, the Badgers feel the tournament is an open contest. They also understand that they have to perform well in this tournament to get a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament later this year. For the Badgers, the rest of the season is essentially a win-or-go-home situation.“Everyone’s focused for this week,” UW senior forward Scott Lorenz said. “We know that we have to at least get to the championship game — if not win it all — to guarantee ourselves a tournament bid, which is one of our preseason goals. So, for that to be still attainable is a lot of motivation for us going into the weekend.”With the schedule turning into the postseason, the dynamic of the game shifts, as there are no longer any draws and games may ultimately be decided by penalty kicks. UW’s practice Tuesday ended with about 20 minutes of pure penalty kicks, trying to find out who will take the kicks and also what goalkeeper will defend against them. The No. 2 goalie, Jamal Habibi, looked to have much better reads and made several saves compared to a seemingly lost Horwath. This may be due to a injury Horwath suffered a few weeks ago, but the coaches have discussed changes on the defensive side come penalty kicks.“If we get into that situation with penalty kicks, you want confident people in those spots, whether it’s the goalkeeper or your shooters,” said UW head coach Todd Yeagley. “And if [Horwath]’s not feeling great and we feel that one of our other keepers can give us a boost, then we wouldn’t be afraid to make a change for the penalty kicks only.”Wisconsin has been successful this year in overtime, going 3-1-2, though the team is looking to put the game away well before that is necessary.“We’re trying to win it ahead of time, but if overtime were to happen, we’re confident, and we know that we have the fitness to pull through in one of those situations,” Lorenz said.While the Badgers are nursing a few injuries, the Hoosiers have injury concerns of their own, as well as the loss of their star center back, Tommy Meyer, who will be ineligible due to a red card in a previous game. Indiana will have to patch a hole in an otherwise tight defense, and Wisconsin feels this will be an area they can really attack.“Meyer is their biggest player — certainly very good in the air — and we feel that we can take advantage of that from the run of play, off of restarts and in changing some matchups,” Yeagley said. “Without Meyer on the field, it does change how Indiana plays. However, they have a lot of good players they can move into that spot.”The Badgers face the Hoosiers Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Armstrong Stadium. If they win, the Badgers will then take on top seed Ohio State in the semifinals.last_img read more

Voluntary evacuation alert lifted for Clear Hills County

first_imgCLEAR HILLS, A.B. – The Alberta Government has lifted the Voluntary Evacuation Alert for Clear Hills County.The alert has been lifted due to snow that fell on the fire overnight.  An evacuation preparedness alert remains in place for areas north of Highway 64 and west of secondary Highway 726 in Clear Hills County.At this time all the evacuation alerts and orders remain in place in B.C.- Advertisement -The Siphon Creek fire was last reported to be 41,000 hectares in size with 12,000 of that in Alberta.last_img read more