Manchester City advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League after twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Olympique Lyonnais in Group F on Tuesday.
The goals of Maxwel Cornet were canceled by Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Agüero to leave the city as leader of the group with 10 points. Lyon is the second with seven points, two ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, who managed a 3-2 victory at Hoffenheim to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 16.
City was often on the back foot in France and struggled to contain Ivorian striker Cornet, who was close to scoring after half an hour, but a heavy touch left him right in front of the goal.
He also tried an acrobatic scissor kick that hit the crossbar just before halftime, but finally got his reward in a certain style, giving the hosts the advantage 10 minutes after the break with a good finish on the left foot from the edge of the area. .
A few minutes later, Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes made a good save to prevent Agüero's header from being out of reach.
However, Pep Guardiola's team did not take long to equal when Laporte headed shortly after the hour following David Silva's strike.
The game was running out until Cornet hit back 10 minutes full time at a low angle after grabbing a pass from Memphis Depay.
Once again, City quickly leveled with a header, this time Agüero did not make a mistake directly from a corner of Riyad Mahrez to save a point won by his side.
Guardiola had great praise for Lyon, which is the only team that has defeated City this season, having won the first group game 2-1 at Etihad Stadium in September, and the only team that scored twice against the English champion.
"We are so happy, so delighted, they are one of the most difficult teams we have faced, we reacted very well after 1-0 and 2-1 and we are in the final." [stage] And this was our goal, "Guardiola told BT Sport.
"Always in my career when I play with French teams are so physical, that's why they are world champions."
The draw would have been enough for both sides to reach the round of 16 if it were not for the late Shakhtar winner. Lyon travels to Ukraine in a final group match next month.
Hoffenheim supports the group in three points, but can still get the third place and a place in the Europa League.