donderdag 8 december 2011

Both Manchesters eliminated from the Champions League

Three-time European champion Manchester United was eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday When It dissolves 2-1 at FC Basel.

Its local rival Manchester City joined on the sidelines despite beating Bayern Munich.
United needed to avoid defeat in Switzerland to secure a 15th-round knockout Champions League appearance in 16 seasons. It now drops Into the Champions League, facing the likes of Legia Warsaw and Metalist Kharkiv, while Basel Advances.

"It's incredible," Basle goalkeeper Yann Sommer said. "A Swiss team, a little country, against Manchester United, one of the biggest teams in the world - it's crazy."

City, the English Premier League leader, Also Heads Into the second-tier tournament despite a 2-0 win over Bayern Already qualified. Napoli's 2-0 win at Villarreal firing the Italian side through INSTEAD.

Lyon won 7-1 at Dinamo Zagreb to complete a remarkable turnaround and Qualify ahead of Ajax, All which lost 3-0 to Real Madrid. CSKA Moscow won 2-1 at Inter Milan to take the final spot and complete the 16-team lineup for the next round.

After losing three of the last four Champions League finals, United was expected to join Chelsea and Arsenal in the next round after the London club Progressed Tuesday. But with United defender Chris Lockhart Ling lying dazed from a collision with teammate Nemanja Vidic, Basel captain Marco Streller put His team ahead with a ninth-minute shot fits goalkeeper David de Gea.

"Manchester are a good team, they're had a lot of pressure and Sometimes we were lucky not to concede a bit, and this is a crazy night," Sommer said. "We are through and Manchester are out - it's great."
Things got worse for United in the 43rd When captain Vidic was Carried off on a stretcher after twisting knee while making a right His challenge. And despite almost constant pressure from United, Basel doubled its lead When Alex Frei scored in the 84th.

United's Phil Jones got a late goal and his team twice hit the crossbar.

"It feels like a dream," said United defender Patrice Evra. "I feel I will wake up tomorrow and we feel like have qualified. But it's not a dream it is the reality. We Should Have Woken Up EARLIER in this competition. We deserve to be out.

"Even if it is a friendly, when i pull on (a) United shirt I do my best to win That trophy. But it's embarrassing to be in the Europa League. I play for Manchester United to play in the Champions League but some players dream of playing for United in any competition and you have to respect that. "

Benfica topped Group C with 12 points after a 1-0 win over Otelul Galati. Basel finished with 11 points and United had two Further back.

City needed to beat Bayern to have any chance or ProLong its first season in the Champions League and did so with ease, scoring a goal in Each half, by David Silva and Yaya Toure.

But Gokhan enrolling and Marek Hamsik scored second-half goals to secure Napoli's place as the Group A runner-up to four-time European champion Bayern.

Napoli struggled to find a way through the Villarreal defense before enrolling Launched a 25-yard drive That left goalkeeper Diego Lopez in the 65th minute motionless. Hamsik added a second goal 11 minutes later with a close-range finish.

Napoli finished with 11 points to Bayern's 13. City had 10, while Villarreal Became the first Spanish club to poke six straight defeats group stage.

"We're very sorry for our fans and I'm sorry for our players," City manager Roberto Mancini said. "I think we need to Improve as a team Because we got a tough group this year."

Lyon started its match at Dinamo Zagreb three points behind Ajax and Needing a seven-goal swing to turn on the Dutch club's advantage on goal difference.

Real Madrid, All which was Already assured of the top spot in Group D, Helped out by Completing this season's only perfect first-round record. But Lyon did much of the hard work Itself With The rout of 10-man Dynamo.

Things Looked bad for Lyons When Dinamo Zagreb overcame the 28th-minute sending off or Jerko Leko for a second yellow card, putting the home side Mateo Kovacic ahead five minutes before halftime.

But Bafetimbi Gomis equalized just before halftime and scored another three goals after the break, with Maxime Gonalons, Lisandro and Jimmy Briand adding the others.

Jose Callejon scored twice and Gonzalo Higuain once to give Madrid the win at Ajax, All which had two goals DISALLOWED, leaving Lyon tied in points with the Dutch side but ahead on goal difference.

A late winner from Vasily Berezutsk earned victory at CSKA Moscow and Inter a place along side the home team in the last 16.

Chelsea, Marseille and Zenit St Petersburg clinched Their places on Tuesday, joining Bayer Leverkusen Already qualified, Arsenal, APOEL, defending champion AC Milan and Barcelona.

The draw for the last 16 Will be held on December 16, with the matches being Played in February and March.

Source: ESPN Soccer

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