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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Newcastle v Liverpool

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  • The last time this fixture produced a goalless draw was in 1974, 64 meetings ago
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This pair have produced some classics down the years and six of the eight meetings since Newcastle returned to the top flight for 2010-11 have finished with over 2.5 goals. The teams have kept just four Premier League clean sheets between them and Newcastle's recent form suggests they can give Liverpool a decent contest.

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