Man City bow out of Champions League
GERMANY – Manchester City crashed out of Europe altogether, while Arsenal missed out on top spot after both sides lost this evening in the Champions League.
Roberto Mancini’s men were playing for third spot in Group D, but they slumped to a 1-0 defeat to group winners Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.
Julian Schieber’s second-half goal proved enough to give Dortmund all three points and end City’s involvement in Europe this term.
After a quiet first half Dortmund came out in determined fashion at the start of the second half and City keeper Joe Hart made two good saves to keep out Ivan Perisic’s volley and Kevin Grosskreutz’s shot at his near post.
The German champions made their dominance count on 57 minutes when Jakub Blaszczykowski’s brilliant cross from the right was slid home from close-range by Schieber.
Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero went close for City, but they were both denied by Roman Weidenfeller as City failed to win a game in their Group D campaign.
Arsenal’s poor run of form continued as they threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to Olympiakos in Greece to condemn to second spot in Group B. Arsenal grabbed the lead on 38 minutes when Gervinho burst
into the box and picked out Tomas Rosicky on the edge of the box who drilled his shot into the corner of the net
Olympiakos drew level on 65 minutes when Arsenal failed to deal with Djamel Abdoun’s cross into the box and Giannis Maniatis was on hand to fire the ball past Wojciech Szczesny
Things got worse for Arsenal when substitute Kostas Mitroglou found space on the edge of the box and curled a shot past Szczesny.
Schalke finished as Group B winners after earning a 1-1 draw with Montpellier in France. Zenit St Petersburg took third spot in Group C and a place in the Europa League with a 1-0 win over already qualified AC Milan.
Anderlecht drew 2-2 with Malaga, but it was not enough for the Belgians as they finished bottom of Group C. Paris St Germain secured top spot in Group A with a 2-1 win over Porto at the Parc des Princes.
Real Madrid beat Ajax 4-1.Dinamo Zagreb picked up their first point in Group A after a last-gasp 1-1 draw with Dynamo Kiev in a snowy Zagreb.