City fail to seal Europa spot after Dortmund loss

MANCHESTER CITY’s European adventures are over for another season after they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund last night and failed to reach the Europa League.

Julian Schieber’s second-half goal was enough for the German side to claim their fourth win of the Group D campaign, although a better head-to-head record than Real Madrid had already ensured they finished at the head of affairs. The Germans are 9-1 to win the competition with Betfred.

All eight qualifiers for the group stages were known from the four groups in action last night before a ball was kicked, but Arsenal will face one of the group winners after a 2-1 defeat to Olimpiakos meant the Gunners finished second to Schalke.

Paris St-Germain finished top of Group A after the big spenders beat Porto 2-1 in the French capital.

The Portuguese outfit were already assured of a place in the knockout stage where they will be joined by Group C winners Malaga, who drew 2-2 with Belgians Anderlecht, and Milan, who went through despite losing 1-0 at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

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Lille v Everton

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  • Both teams have scored in eight of Everton's 11 games this season
Expert verdict
Lille's excellent defensive standards have slipped recently with Ligue 1 defeats to Lyon (3-0) and Guingamp (2-1) so Everton should not fear their trip to northern France. The Toffees ended their recent slump with a fine home win over Aston Villa and Roberto Martinez's men are worth backing to earn a draw.

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