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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Brondby v Silkeborg

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  • Silkeborg scored an impressive 67 goals on the way to the Danish second-tier title last year
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Silkeborg made an impressive start to their campaign by holding title favourites FC Copenhagen to a draw last week and are capable of frustrating Brondby with a similar performance. The second-favourites for the Superliga title were convincingly beaten at Midtjylland last week and look set for another stern test.

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