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Man. City’s Euro season over

Paris SG and Schalke take group spoils, Zenit in Europa League

Reserve Borussia Dortmund striker Julian Schieber earned his side a 1-0 win over outclassed Manchester City last night, ensuring the English champions finished bottom of their Champions League group.

Schieber, starting only his second match since his move from Nuremberg in the close season, slid home Jakub Blaszczykowski’s cross in the 57th minute.

He was standing in for Robert Lewandowski as Dortmund, who completed their campaign with four wins and two draws, rested several first-team regulars having secured top spot in Group D.

Winless City, who finished with three points from six games, had been eliminated and only had outside hope of clinching third place and qualifying for the Europa League.

Dortmund rested Polish trio Lewandowski, Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek while Mario Goetze, with a minor injury, was ruled out along with Neven Subotic, Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender.

The English champions started with Carlos Tevez partnering Edin Dzeko in attack and Sergio Aguero on the bench.

Mats Hummels just failed to make contact with Marcel Schmelzer’s free-kick, then Joe Hart tipped away an Ivan Perisic volley and saved Kevin Gross-kreutz’s shot at the foot of the post as Borussia Dortmund made an electrifying start to the second half.

The goal duly arrived when sub Blaszczykowski burst down the right and sent over an inviting low cross which Schieber turned in from six metres.

From the same group, Ajax were crushed 4-1 by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu but finished third to earn a place in the Europa League at City’s expense.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after 13 minutes as the already qualified hosts, fielding a weakened team, threatened to swamp their visitors.

Jose Callejon doubled the lead in the 28th minute.

Kaka brought the Bernabeu to its feet with a run and shot that curled into the top corner just after the re-start and Real eased off the gas.

Ajax pulled a goal back through Derk Boerigter in the 59th minute as the game fizzled out before Callejon bagged his second near the end.

In Paris, Ezequiel Lavezzi bene-fited from a second-half blunder by goalkeeper Helton to clinch PSG a 2-1 home win over Porto and top spot in Group A.

Argentine forward Lavezzi’s low shot slipped under Helton’s body in the 61st minute as PSG leap-frogged Porto into first place with 15 points from six games, two ahead of the 2004 champions.

Both teams had already secured their places in the knockout stages of the competition.

PSG went ahead in the 30th minute when Thiago Silva nodded in a Maxwell free-kick and Porto levelled three minutes later with a header from Jackson Martinez following a cross by Danilo.

Arsenal lose again

Arsenal’s dispiriting season took a turn for the worse yesterday as the Gunners crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Olympiakos that ended their hopes of finishing top of Group B.

Arsene Wenger’s side desperately needed a victory in Athens to ease the sense of crisis enveloping the north London club after their worst start to a Premier League campaign in the Frenchman’s 16-year reign.

But instead the Gunners squandered the lead secured by Tomas Rosicky as second-half goals from Giannis Maniatis and then Kostas Mitroglou meant Arsenal had to settle for second place in the group behind Schalke.

Although Arsenal had already qualified for the last 16, this was a missed opportunity for Wenger’s men as Schalke’s 1-1 draw at Montpellier meant a victory would have given the Gunners top spot and potentially an easier draw in the knockout stages.

It was the last thing Wenger needed after being subjected to a torrent of abuse from angry fans after Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat against Swansea.

Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani scored a late equaliser but it was not enough to save the Belgian champions’ European hopes as Zenit St Petersburg filled the Europa League spot with victory over Milan in Group C.

Malaga twice took the lead thanks to goals from captain Sergio Duda but were pegged back, first by Milan Jovanovic then by Mbokani.

It did not matter, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side had already sealed their progression to the last 16 of the competition, with their place as group leaders confirmed last night after Zenit’s 1-0 win over Milan at the San Siro.

Massimiliano Allegri’s Milan made eight changes to the side that won 3-1 at Catania last week.

They still dominated the match but, apart from a penalty appeal after four minutes when Giampaolo Pazzini seemed to be fouled by Bruno Alves, the Rossoneri created few chances until they brought on their first choice strikers late in the game.

Zenit scored after 35 minutes when Danny recovered the ball from his own blocked shot and stroke it into the net.

Meanwhile, the Group A match between Dinamo Zagreb and Dynamo Kiev finished later than scheduled due to a 15-minute delay early in the first half because of a heavy snowfall.

Summaries

D. Zagreb 1
Krstanovic 90 pen;
D. Kiev 1
Yarmolenko 45;

Paris SG 2
Silva 30; Lavezzi 61;
Porto 1
Martinez 33;

Montpellier 1
Herrera 60;
Schalke 1
Howedes 56;

Olympiakos 2
Maniatis 64; Mitroglou 73;
Arsenal 1
Rosicky 38;

Milan 0
Zenit SP 1
Danny 35;

Malaga 2
Duda 45, 61;
Anderlecht 2
Jovanovic 50; Mbokani 89;

R. Madrid 4
Ronaldo 13; Callejon 28, 88; Kaka 49;
Ajax 1
Boerigter 59;

B. Dortmund 1
Schieber 57;
Man. City 0

Group A

  P W D L F A Pts
Paris SG (Q) 6 5 0 1 14 3 15
Porto (Q) 6 4 1 1 10 4 13
Dynamo Kiev 6 1 2 3 6 10 5
Dinamo Zagreb 6 0 1 5 1 14 1

D. Zagreb vs Porto - 0-2
Paris SG vs D. Kiev - 4-1
D. Kiev vs Dinamo Zagreb - 2-0
Porto vs PSG - 1-0
Porto vs D. Kiev - 3-2
D. Zagreb vs PSG - 0-2
D. Kiev vs Porto - 0-0
Paris SG vs D. Zagreb - 4-0
Porto vs D. Zagreb - 3-0
D. Kiev vs Paris SG - 0-2
D. Zagreb vs D. Kiev - 1-1
Paris SG vs Porto - 2-1

Group B

  P W D L F A Pts
Schalke (Q) 6 3 3 0 10 6 12
Arsenal (Q) 6 3 1 2 10 8 10
Olympiakos 6 3 0 3 9 9 9
Montpellier 6 0 2 4 6 12 2

Montpellier vs Arsenal - 1-2
Olympiakos vs Schalke - 1-2
Schalke vs Montpellier - 2-2
Arsenal vs Olympiakos - 3-1
Arsenal vs Schalke - 0-2
Montpellier vs Olympiakos - 1-2
Schalke vs Arsenal - 2-2
Olympiakos vs Montpellier - 3-1
Arsenal vs Montpellier - 2-0
Schalke vs Olympiakos - 1-0
Montpellier vs Schalke - 1-1
Olympiakos vs Arsenal - 2-1

Group C

  P W D L F A Pts
Malaga (Q) 6 3 3 0 12 5 12
Milan (Q) 6 2 2 2 7 6 8
Zenit SP 6 1 2 3 6 9 7
Anderlecht 6 1 2 3 4 9 5

Milan vs Anderlecht - 0-0
Malaga vs Zenit SP - 3-0
Anderlecht vs Malaga - 0-3
Zenit SP vs Milan - 2-3
Zenit SP vs Anderlecht - 1-0
Malaga vs Milan - 1-0
Anderlecht vs Zenit SP - 1-0
Milan vs Malaga - 1-1
Zenit vs Malaga - 2-2
Anderlecht vs Milan - 1-3
Malaga vs Anderlecht - 2-2
Milan vs Zenit SP - 0-1

Group D

  P W D L F A Pts
B. Dortmund (Q) 6 4 2 0 11 5 14
Real Madrid (Q) 6 3 2 1 15 9 11
Ajax 6 1 1 4 8 16 4
Man. City 6 0 3 3 7 11 3

B. Dortmund vs Ajax - 1-0
R. Madrid vs Man. City - 3-2
Man. City vs B. Dortmund - 1-1
Ajax vs R. Madrid - 1-4
Ajax vs Man. City - 3-1
B. Dortmund vs R. Madrid - 2-1
Man. City vs Ajax - 2-2
R. Madrid vs B. Dortmund - 2-2
Ajax vs B. Dortmund - 1-4
Man. City vs R. Madrid - 1-1
B. Dortmund vs Man. City - 1-0
R. Madrid vs Ajax - 4-1

Playing today

Group E
S. Donetsk vs Juventus
Chelsea vs NordsjaellandTVM 2

Standings: S. Donetsk (Q) 10; Juve 9; Chelsea 7; Nordsjaelland 1.

Group F
Lille vs Valencia
B. Munich vs Bate Borisov

Standings: B. Munich (Q), Valencia (Q) 10; B. Borisov 6; Lille 3.

Group G
Barcelona vs Benfica
Celtic vs Spartak Moscow

Standings: Barcelona (Q) 12; Benfica, Celtic 7; Spartak Moscow 3.

Group H
Manchester United vs Cluj
Braga vs Galatasaray

Standings: Man. United (Q) 12; Gala-tasaray, Cluj 7; Braga 3.

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