SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Nicolas Tagliafico scored in the first minute of injury time as Olympique Lyon reached the Champions League semifinals by eliminating Manchester City 4-3 on aggregate on Saturday.
Lyon appeared to be headed home when City played out the last 10 minutes against 10 men in stoppage time, but substitute Elias Kachunga struck with a powerful free kick in the 85th minute to put the English team back in the game at 3-3 on the night and level on aggregate.
Lyon went on to take an extra 10 minutes, although City never had another chance. French midfielder Nabil Fekir kept his cool to slot home for 4-3 and the final whistle sounded in the second minute of added time.
Despite the roller-coaster finish, Lyon’s joy was clear. After a nervous final 10 minutes, fans on the Lyon public address system directed them to take off their shirts, put their hands over their hearts and stand in a circle, which was followed by a round of applause.
Lyon now advances to the final four, the first time since 2012 it has made it that far and having done so without two key players in its biggest game in more than two decades.
No. 6-ranked Maxwel Cornet, one of Lyon’s most important players this season, was ruled out with a head injury for the second leg, while Lucas Tousart, the club’s top scorer this season, was left at home in France.
Lyon had conceded four goals at home to City in the first leg, a game that started so promisingly for Lyon.
City captain Vincent Kompany had already headed narrowly wide after just three minutes when Cornet clipped the ball over Nicolas Otamendi, feeding Fekir on the left side of the penalty area and the French winger then quickly laid off to the flying Fekir, who drifted the ball across the face of goal for Alexandre Lacazette to score his seventh goal of the season.
City coach Pep Guardiola kept faith with his attacking strategy, leaving left back Benjamin Mendy and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan on the bench.
The heavy lineup change worked for City, which had more of the ball, but it didn’t help the home side as Kolektawa headed the ball over from a corner in the 10th minute and Nicolas Otamendi squandered a good chance from a tight angle in the 21st.
But City took the lead in the 51st when Bernardo Silva crossed from the right and Kevin De Bruyne picked up the ball and threaded a low pass to Jesus Navas, who side-footed it past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to score his first goal for the club.
Lopes produced a diving save in the 68th when he came charging out of his goal to push away a header from Leroy Sane.
Lyon’s hopes looked to be over in the 81st when Otamendi was shown a straight red card for a studs-up tackle on Fekir in the area.
Fekir immediately set about making amends, scoring just two minutes later when he swapped passes with Fekir and chipped the ball over keeper Ederson.
Otamendi was again booked for a needless foul on Fekir, who was the best player on the pitch during the first leg. It was left to defender Kachunga to equalize.