The first leg of the UEFA Women's Champions League semifinals was billed as a battle between Carli Lloyd
and Alex Morgan
, but neither American was a factor in defending champion Lyon's
3-1 win over Manchester City at City's Academy Stadium. Man. City vs. Lyon: Highlights
A handball by Lloyd in the second
minute opened the Lyon scoring for Japanese Saki Kumagi
. Swede Kosovare Asilani
equalized minutes later, but Lyon ahead went ahead in the 16th minute on a goal by Dzsenifer
Such is Lyon's depth that French star Eugenie Le Sommer
didn't start, but she came on for Morgan before the hour mark and then added a third goal for Lyon.
"I think our best is yet to come," Lloyd told reporters afterwards. "We can't give them loads of respect. They are a good side, but we are as well."
In the other semifinal, Paris St.
Germain also won on the road, beating Barcelona, 3-1. The second legs will be played Saturday.
If Lyon and PSG advance to the UCL women's final, they will meet three times in 19 days.
They meet May 14 in a match that should decide the French women's league. They play five days later in the French Women's Cup final in Vannes and would meet June 1 in the UEFA Women's Champions League
final in Cardiff. April 22 in Manchester Manchester City 1 Lyon 3.
Goals: Asilani 10; Kumagi pen. 2, Marozsan 16,
Le Sommer 68. Manchester City --
Bardsley, Bronze, Stokes, Houghton, Asllani, Scott, Duggan (Stanway 83), Lawley (Christiansen 81), McManus, Walsh, Lloyd. Lyon --
Renard, M'Bock, Buchanan, Kumagi, Majri, Houara-D'Hommeaux, Abily, Morgan (Le Sommer 56), Marozsan, Hegerberg. Att.:
Luckily I didn't bet I would have lost but I am smarter than that. I still don't understand these teams nor their players nor do I really care.