Champions League

Man City fails to reach Europa League

See the highlights from Dortmund's win over Manchester City in the Champions League.
See the highlights from Dortmund's win over Manchester City in the Champions League.
Share This Story

   
 

DORTMUND, Germany (AP)

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES

 
Tuesday, December 4
Home Road  
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Man City Recap
PSG 2-1 Porto Recap
AC Milan 0-1 Zenit St Petersburg Recap
Malaga 2-2 Anderlecht Recap
Montpellier 1-1 Schalke Recap
Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Dynamo Kiev Recap
Olympiacos 2-1 Arsenal Recap
Real Madrid 4-1 Ajax Recap
More: Scores | Stats | More UCL
 

Julian Schieber scored in the second half for Borussia Dortmund to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, ending the English champions' chances of reaching the Europa League.

Schieber scored in the 57th minute following a perfectly timed low cross from the right by substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski. Schieber slid between City defenders Vincent Kompany and Maicon to tap the ball into the net.

Dortmund was already assured of winning Group D, while City needed a victory to qualify for European football's second-tier club competition. But City didn't win a match all season to finish one point behind Ajax, which lost 4-1 on Tuesday at Real Madrid, the group runner-up.

The German champions finished the group with 14 points, three more than Madrid. Ajax took third and entry into the Europa League.

Dortmund started the match without six regulars but still controlled the game with City displaying little fighting spirit.

''Not so bad,'' the rarely used Schieber said after scoring his first Champions League goal. ''I am glad that we won and that we justified the confidence our coach had in us. Although we don't get to play that often, we showed that we can be relied on.''

The action in a lackluster first half boiled down to several long-distance attempts.

Edin Dzeko's effort was turned away by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. On the other side, Marco Reus shaved the post of Joe Hart's goal. The City goalkeeper also stopped a shot by Ivan Perisic late in the first half.

City returned from the break with more ambition, and Dzeko's header from a cross by Samir Nasri was saved by Weidenfeller.

Dortmund nearly went ahead in the 49th, but Mats Hummels failed to connect with a cross from Marcel Schmelzer.

Hart then tipped over a volley from Perisic and another attempt by Kevin Grosskreutz, before Schieber found the target.

CLOSING TIME

Check the best images from the Champions League's last group stage round.

Schieber attempted a chip in the 59th but Hart caught the ball.

Mario Balotelli came on in the 65th for Dzeko, to loud jeers from Dortmund fans. The striker scored both goals for Italy in the semifinal win over Germany at the European Championships earlier this year.

Balotelli's main contribution was to earn a yellow card in injury time for protesting a decision by the referee.

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

SOCCER Videos

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Highlights 04/23/14 Posted: Apr 23, 2014
Relive all of Wednesday’s action as Real Madrid hosted Bayern Munich in the firs...

Ancelotti defends counterattacking style Posted: Apr 23, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti insists Real Madrid's counterattacking style is the only way to ...

Benzema gives Real Madrid 1-0 lead Posted: Apr 23, 2014
Watch Karim Benzema’s goal to give Real Madrid a 1-0 lead against Bayern Munich ...

We defended really well - Mourinho Posted: Apr 23, 2014
Jose Mourinho speaks following 0-0 draw in Champions league semi-final

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich's powerful attacks face off in Champions League Posted: Apr 23, 2014
Julie Stewart-Binks and Warren Barton preview the Champions League semifinal fir...