6 Dec 2012

Manchester City turn in worst performance by an English club

8:21 am on 6 December 2012

Manchester City have missed out on a place in the second tier Europa League football competition after ending their miserable Champions League campaign with a 1-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund.

Already out of contention for the knockout phase of the Champions League, City could have made the Europa League by finishing third in their group following Ajax of Amsterdam's loss to Real Madrid, but City needed to beat the German champions.

The result means the defending Premier League champions become the first English side to finish a Champions League group stage with just three points and no wins.

It is the second straight year City have failed to get out of the group stage.

Arsenal missed out on the chance to finish top of their group after surrendering the lead to lose 2-1 at Olympiakos Piraeus.

German side Schalke ended up top of the group with 12 points after drawing 1-1 at Montpellier.

Arsenal, in second place on 10 points, also went through to the last 16.