England star Sterling missed an open goal when the score was 2-1 and Lyon added a third less than a minute later to advance to the semi-finals.
Guardiola said: ‘In this situation you have to equalise to take it to extra time, but then we concede the third and it’s over. We created more chances and more shots.’
City, under Pep Guardiola have yet again failed to break into the Semi-final having crashed out from the round of 16 and quarter-final stages in previous seasons.
The Genius Media had earlier reported that Manchester City were dumped out of the Champions League by Lyon after two goals from Moussa Dembele after he came off the bench.
The Premier League 2018/19 champions started as firm favourites but came out second best against a fiercely determined Lyon in a game that swung on controversy and uncharacteristic errors in the closing stages.
Lyon went ahead in the 24th minute with Maxwel Cornet’s smart finish but City, lifeless as Guardiola chose to play a three-man central defence, looked to have been revived by Kevin de Bruyne’s precise strike from Raheem #Sterling ’s pass after 69 minutes.
Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, on as a substitute, restored Lyon’s lead in contentious circumstances 11 minutes from time, the video assistant referee ignoring what appeared to be an obvious foul by the goalscorer before he ran on to beat Ederson.
The English side pressed for the equaliser but he was guilty of an atrocious miss, somehow sending his finish over the top of an open goal from Gabriel Jesus’ pass.
However, fans are were sad to Raheem #Sterling Shocking Miss after Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon.
See Twitter reactions below:
Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards’ reactions to the Sterling miss are unparalleled 🤣🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/2chVqq3lRG
— Goal (@goal) August 15, 2020
Pep Guardiola lost on purpose to avert a humiliation against Bayern Munich in the next round.
Tactical genius! 🤷🏽♂️🥱
— Mbele Nigel🇿🇦 (@MbeleNigel) August 15, 2020
The real reason behind the miss😅😅
Sterling lyon dembele depay pic.twitter.com/371eJDNmZo
— Hanniel🇳🇬❤🤝 (@Hanniel_Jumbo) August 15, 2020
— Kweku Yeboah🇳🇬 (@GeraltYeboah) August 15, 2020
— MattyBrown◽ (@itz_mattybrown) August 15, 2020
If Sterling was a lady, dating her would have been hell because she would always miss his period🤦🏾♂ pic.twitter.com/C9fAMBeh5w
— Twilight🏴☠️🇬🇭 (@obiaabaeny3) August 15, 2020
— Owen (@ftblowen) August 15, 2020
What people saw vs what Sterling saw pic.twitter.com/6sa52EEEuL
— Martin (@derkslerpp) August 15, 2020
Someone said Raheem Sterling turned to Raheem Naira 😂😂😂😂😂😂
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) August 15, 2020
Come to heaven and lemme see.. pic.twitter.com/ZExXQhjRc5
— Jeffery® (@JefferyAnkamah) August 15, 2020
Olofo ni Sterling… I shouted sote my landlady came to check on me…
— Ayodeji (@spankit17) August 15, 2020