Metropolis had appeared on the right track to come back again and win the tie behind closed doorways on the Estadio Jose Alvalade after Kevin De Bruyne’s purpose halfway via the second half had cancelled out Maxwel Cornet’s first-half opener.
Nonetheless, Dembele put Lyon again forward within the 79th minute after which capitalised on a surprising miss by Raheem Sterling to clinch the victory three minutes from the top.
Towards all expectations, a group who completed seventh within the curtailed French season, and had performed simply two aggressive video games since early March, now discover themselves via to a Champions League semi-final on Wednesday towards Bayern Munich.
That, certainly, might be a step too far for Rudi Garcia’s group however then once more no person anticipated them to get rid of Juventus within the final spherical, by no means thoughts knock out Metropolis right here.
Guardiola’s group had been warned about Lyon, dropping at house after which drawing away towards the French membership in final season’s Champions League.
However that was nearly two years in the past now and Lyon had misplaced a number of key gamers since then.
This, a day after Bayern’s 8-2 demolition of Barcelona, is a seismic shock and a hammer blow to the ambitions of Metropolis beneath Guardiola.
Their anticipate European glory will go on, with this a 3rd consecutive exit within the quarter-finals.
Guardiola was delivered to the Etihad Stadium to ship the Champions League, however he has not managed to equal the membership’s greatest efficiency so far within the competitors, a semi-final look in 2016, simply earlier than he was appointed.
– Franco-German battle –
And so, a 12 months after Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in an all-English closing, there might be no English consultant within the semi-finals within the Portuguese capital.
As an alternative each ties might be Franco-German duels, with Paris Saint-Germain dealing with RB Leipzig earlier than Bayern meet Lyon in a repeat of the 2010 semi-finals.
Guardiola had set his group up with a three-man defence, as Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte had been joined by the younger Spaniard Eric Garcia within the again line. Phil Foden dropped out of their line-up.
Metropolis created little within the first half and had been caught out by an extended ball excessive as Lyon took the lead.
Garcia raced again to deal with Karl Toko-Ekambi however Cornet was quickest to the free ball and, with Ederson off his line, curled a low shot first-time into the nook of the web to maintain up his exceptional report towards these opponents — the wing-back scored thrice towards them in final season’s two conferences.
De Bruyne appeared the most definitely to make one thing occur for Metropolis and threatened from free-kicks after the restart, as Metropolis turned up the warmth following the introduction of Riyad Mahrez instead of Fernandinho.
The equaliser duly arrived within the 69th minute as Mahrez clipped a ball ahead in direction of Sterling and he minimize it again from the byline to De Bruyne, the Belgian arriving unmarked on the fringe of the field to sidefoot house first-time.
Few would have wager towards Metropolis happening to win the sport from there. Lyon had supplied nothing going ahead within the second half and coach Garcia even determined to take off Memphis Depay, who had been nameless.
However it proved an impressed choice as his alternative Dembele latched onto Houssem Aouar’s via ball to race via on purpose and beat Ederson.
Metropolis anticipated the trouble to be disallowed following a VAR evaluate however the Dutch officers let it stand, and Lyon had been again in entrance.
Nonetheless they need to have been pegged again once more, however Sterling in some way put the ball over with the purpose gaping having been teed up by Ilkay Gundogan.
Lyon went straight downfield and sealed a well-known victory as Dembele transformed the free ball after Ederson had saved from Aouar.