Lyon earned a famous win at Manchester City on matchday one but the English club now hold the Group F advantage.
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Manchester City have made a strong recovery from matchday one's unexpected home defeat by Lyon and travel to France for the rematch top of Group F – although Lyon are also well placed to progress to the round of 16.
• Goals from Maxwel Cornet (26) and Nabil Fekir (43) earned Lyon victory at the City of Manchester Stadium despite Bernardo Silva's second-half goal for the home side, a winning start to the French side's bid to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2011/12.
• City have won all three games since then and sit three points clear of Lyon in the standings, with Hoffenheim on three, one more than Shakhtar Donetsk. City – who have reached the round of 16 for the last five seasons – will be through with a draw and will clinch first place with a win. Lyon will be through with a win and a draw will be enough if Hoffenheim-Shakhtar is also drawn due to their better head-to-head record against the German club.
• After the City win, Lyon recovered from 0-2 down at home to Shakhtar on matchday two to salvage a point. They then drew 3-3 at Hoffenheim before another draw (2-2) at home, the German club scoring an added-time equaliser in both games.
• Those results make it four wins – and only one defeat – in the last eight European matches for Bruno Génésio's side, who have scored two or more goals in each of their last five European fixtures.
• Lyon are in the group stage for the third time in four seasons – their 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns both ended at that hurdle.
• In 2017/18, Lyon made it as far as the UEFA Europa League round of 16, but were denied the chance to appear in the final at their own ground as they lost to CSKA Moskva at that stage.
• The 3-2 defeat at home to CSKA ended Lyon's three-game winning run in their own stadium in Europe, and is their only home reverse in 12 European contests (W7 D4), since a 1-0 UEFA Champions League group loss to Juventus in October 2016.
• Les Gones beat Everton twice, including 3-0 at home, in last season's UEFA Europa League group stage, matchday one making it three wins in a row against English clubs. They have lost only one of their last seven matches against Premier League opponents, home and away (W4 D2).
• Lyon were UEFA Champions League semi-finalists in 2010 and are in the group stage for the 15th time – more than any other French club.
• City responded to the Lyon reverse with a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim before Shakhtar were beaten 3-0 away and 6-0 at home – the latter result the Manchester club's biggest win in UEFA club competition.
• Josep Guardiola's side finished 19 points clear in the English Premier League last season, picking up a record 100 points – although there was frustration as their European campaign ended against familiar opponents, domestic rivals Liverpool running out 5-1 aggregate winners in the quarter-final.
• City have won three of their last five European away games, losing the other two.
• The Manchester club picked up six points away from home in last season's group stage, winning at Feyenoord (4-0) and Napoli (4-2) before being beaten at Shakhtar.
• Despite their current run of three successive victories, City have won only four of their last nine European matches, home and away – losing the other five.
• City's best UEFA Champions League performance was reaching the 2015/16 semi-finals; this is their eighth consecutive appearance in the group stage.
• The Citizens have visited France only twice before, drawing 2-2 at Paris Saint-Germain in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals – Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho getting the goals – and winning through 3-2 on aggregate. Their last visit brought a 3-1 reverse at Monaco in the 2016/17 round of 16, Leroy Sané on target, and an away-goals defeat after a 6-6 aggregate draw.
Links and trivia
• Guardiola's Barcelona side beat Lyon in the round of 16 of their victorious 2008/09 UEFA Champions League campaign, winning 5-2 at the Camp Nou after a 1-1 draw at Lyon's old Stade de Gerland home.
• Jason Denayer joined City aged 18 in July 2013; he was on the club's books until leaving for Lyon this summer, but never made a first-team appearance, having loan spells at Celtic, Galatasaray twice and Sunderland.
• Moussa Dembélé scored twice in Celtic's 3-3 UEFA Champions League group stage draw with City in September 2016.
• Have played together:
Jérémy Morel & Benjamin Mendy (Marseille, 2013–15)
• Have played in France:
Benjamin Mendy (Le Havre 2010–13, Marseille 2013–16, Monaco 2016/17)
Bernardo Silva (Monaco, 2014–17)
Riyad Mahrez (Le Havre, 2011–13)
• Have played in England:
Memphis Depay (Manchester United, 2015–17)
Rafael (Manchester United, 2008–15)
Bertrand Traoré (Chelsea, 2015/16)
• International team-mates:
Nabil Fekir & Eliaquim Mangala, Benjamin Mendy (France)
Anthony Lopes & Bernardo Silva (Portugal)
Rafael & Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho (Brazil)
Jason Denayer & Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany (Belgium)
• Mendy and Fekir were both part of the victorious France squad at this summer's FIFA World Cup. Fekir was a late substitute in the 4-3 win against Argentina in the round of 16, Sergio Agüero scoring in the 90th minute for the South American side.
• Lyon marked Bruno Génésio's 150th game in charge with a 1-0 win against local rivals St-Étienne on Friday, Jason Denayer scoring the only goal – his first since scoring for Celtic in March 2015. Lyon played the last 20 minutes with ten men following Rafael's red card.
• Lyon have lost only one of their last 14 matches in all competitions (W7 D6) – a 5-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain on 7 October, their heaviest defeat since a 6-1 loss at Nantes on 15 February 2000.
• Memphis Depay, who scored twice in a 4-2 win at Guingamp on 10 November, has five goals in Lyon's last seven games having drawn a blank in the previous ten; the Dutchman's previous club goal before that run came on the opening day of the Ligue 1 season on 12 August.
• OL have never lost (W19 D1) when Depay has scored in Ligue 1.
• Depay scored a last-minute penalty in the Netherlands' 2-0 win UEFA Nations League against France on 16 November. Three days later he helped the Dutch to a 2-2 draw in Germany that took them into the Finals.
• Tanguy Ndombele was a late substitute for France against the Netherlands and made his first start in the 1-0 friendly win against Uruguay on 20 November in which Ferland Mendy made his senior debut.
• Maxwel Cornet, who had been out since 16 October having picked up an ankle problem on international duty, scored on his return at Guingamp on 10 November.
• Léo Dubois (thigh) has not featured since picking up an injury against Paris on 7 October.
• City have won their last eight games in all competitions, and 12 of the last 13, since that matchday one defeat by Lyon. They were 4-0 victors at West Ham on Saturday.
• Josep Guardiola's side have scored five or more goals in five of their 20 games this season.
• With 40 goals, City have scored 12 more than any other side in this season's Premier League. The 6-1 defeat of Southampton on 4 November was the 12th time they have notched five or more goals in a league game since Guardiola took charge in 2016; no other side has done it more than six times in the same period.
• The matchday one loss at home to Lyon is City's only defeat in their last 26 matches in all competitions (W22 D3), since a 2-1 loss at home to Liverpool in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg.
• Leroy Sané got his first goal for Germany in a 3-0 friendly win against Russia on 15 November – his 16th international appearance. Four days later, he was also on target in a 2-2 UEFA Nations League draw against the Netherlands.
• Sané, who scored twice at West Ham on Saturday, has six goals in seven games for club and country.
• Riyad Mahrez scored twice in Algeria's 4-1 win away to Togo in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on 18 November.
• Bernardo Silva played 90 minutes as Portugal became the first team to qualify for the UEFA Nations League Finals with a goalless draw in Italy on 17 November.
• Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph all started as England beat Croatia 2-1 at Wembley on 18 November to also reach the Finals.
• Benjamin Mendy had surgery on the cartilage in his left knee on 14 November and could be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.
• Kevin De Bruyne, who suffered a knee injury in training on 15 August, returned in mid-October but limped off against Fulham on 1 November and has not featured since.
• Bernardo Silva (muscle) is carrying an injury, although Nicolás Otamendi recovered from an Achilles problem to play 90 minutes at West Ham.
• Claudio Bravo has not played since sustaining an Achilles problem on 20 August.
• On 9 November Sterling signed a three-year contract extension, keeping him at City until 2023.