City’s hopes of progressing to the latter stages of the Champions League were left hanging by a thread following a 3-1 defeat to Ajax in Amsterdam.
There had seemed little chance of defeat after Samir Nasri gave the Blues a deserved 22nd minute lead, but after the hosts levelled on the stroke of half-time, City conceded two sloppy goals in the space of ten second-half minutes that now leave Roberto Mancini’s side bottom of the group.
With Borussia Dortmund beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the other group game, qualification will be extremely difficult after yet another defeat away from home in Europe – the Blues fourth in five Champions League games.
Mancini, who said before kick-off that this was a must-win game, elected to stick with the majority of players who had served him so well in the 2-1 win at West Brom.Read full match report
UEFA Champions League
As of: 24 October 2012, 10:02 PMView full league table
- Duration: 95 minutes
- Home possession: 52%
- Away possession: 48%
- Home: 6
- Away: 5
- Home: 7
- Away: 9
- Home: 0
- Away: 5