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Manchester City pushed to the Max but still Serge through as Aguero earns crucial point

Screamer: Aguero celebrates his leveller PICTURE: AP

Lyon 2-2 Manchester City

SERGIO AGUERO’S equaliser earned City the point they needed last night to reach the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare.

Aguero had the last say in a highly entertaining clash after Maxwel Cornet, who scored in Lyon’s 2-1 win at the Etihad back in September — City’s only defeat this season — twice fired his side ahead in France.

First blood: Maxwell Cornet puts Lyon one-nil up PICTURE: GETTY

Aymeric Laporte’s header had cancelled out Cornet’s opener as City improved after a limp first-half display. City were fortunate to not be behind at half-time. They had a big let-off after 13 minutes when former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay missed a sitter inside the six-yard box. Pep Guardiola’s side then enjoyed more good fortune when Cornet mis-controlled a cross when he really should have scored.

Then, three minutes before the break, the forward met Depay’s cross with an acrobatic volley that bounced into the ground and against the post.

Level pegging: Laporte wheels away after heading City’s first equaliser PICTURE: GETTY

Cornet finally broke the deadlock when he beat Ederson from the edge of the box. But seven minutes later the impressive Laporte nodded a free-kick past Anthony Lopes, not long after the Lyon keeper had made a point-blank save from Aguero.

Cornet restored Lyon’s lead nine minutes from time when he slotted past Ederson but the home side’s celebrations had barely subsided when Aguero glanced in from a corner to haul City level again.

They said it

‘That just shows the character, the belief in the dressing room. Important players pop up at important times and Kun (Aguero) has done it one again’ — City defender Kyle Walker reflects on a hard-earned draw