Manchester City Women keep clean sheet in Champions League semi-final

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Manchester City may not have found a way past the formidable Wendie Renard at the heart of Lyon’s defence but they denied the reigning European champions an away goal and have everything to play for in France on 29 April. The route through the second leg at the Stade de Lyon and on to the Women’s Champions League final in Kiev in May still looks extremely hazardous but Nick Cushing’s side should be cautiously optimistic. Following a slightly shaky start here, they grew into the tie, pressing increasingly assiduously and doing enough to suggest they might yet successfully negotiate the tactical tripwires next week. Well before the end Reynald Pedros’s supposed sophisticates had lost all semblance of midfield passing rhythm, turned direct and looked reliant on dead balls for scoring opportunities. “I’m definitely happy,” Cushing said. “It’s definitely a positive result, not letting Lyon score an away goal was so important and we defended really well. We denied them any kind of momentum. We go to France as underdogs, no one expects us to win and that can help.” A City starting XI featur...

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