Gary Neville’s Valencia exit Champions League with meek defeat to Lyon

Gary Neville’s first game as a manager ended in defeat, Valencia’s fans heading for the exit with their team. It was not just that they were knocked out of the Champions League, slipping into the Europa League, where they could face Manchester United, it was that they did not even give themselves a chance to continue.

Their fate not entirely in their own hands, it was always likely to end but it was not supposed to end this way. Neville said he had “desperately wanted a victory”; instead, he got a 2-0 defeat to Lyon, a side that had not won in the group before this game.

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