Man City set unwanted record with another Champions League letdown

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Richard Heathcote
The reigning Premier League champions set an unfortunate record with a loss to Lyon

Manchester City's struggles in the Champions League continued on Wednesday as the reigning Premier League champions' continental futility set a new record.

With Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Lyon, Man City became the first ever English club to lose four consecutive matches in Champions League play.

The latest loss in Man City's streak came in Wednesday's opener, as the Citizens conceded goals to Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir before the stroke of half-time.

A Bernardo Silva finish in the second half wasn't enough for City despite the introductions of Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero

The first loss of Man City's streak came in February's round of 16 clash with Basel, as Pep Guardiola's side followed a 4-0 first leg win with a 2-1 loss to advance to the quarter-finals.

Once there, City ran into Liverpool, who cruised to a 3-0 win at Anfield before the eventual Premier League champions fell 2-1 at the Etihad to seal an embarrassing exit.

There were few signs of weakness from Man City entering Wednesday's match with a 1-1 draw at Wolves proving the only early blemish on the club's initial five-game run through Premier League play.

Widely seen as one of the favorites to win the Champions League this season, Man CIty were left without a point on matchday 1 thanks to a standout effort from the opposition.

The French side hadn't been particularly impressive heading into Wednesday's match, as the club currently sit seventh in Ligue 1 with two wins and two losses from five matches.

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Lyon's win was on Wednesday was the first ever by a French club at City in European play, signaling a major upset that surely shakes up Group F play while demonstrating that Man City still have some lessons to learn when it comes to playing on the continent.

In fact, six of the last eight times City have conceded twice in the first half of a match at home the games have been in the Champions League. 

With the three points in hand, Lyon go top of the group while Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk sit level behind them following a 1-1 draw in Ukraine.

Man City's next Champions League match will come against Hoffenheim on October 2 following Premier League matches against Cardiff and Brighton as well as a League Cup clash with Oxford.

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