Manchester City were tragically knocked out of the Europa League despite pulling off a 3-2 win against Sporting Lisbon at the Etihad Stadium.

Sporting, who just barely managed to scrape through to the next round on away goals, dominated the first half of the match, scoring two goals via Matias Fernandez and Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the 33rd and 40th minute respectively.

City, who were now facing an aggregate deficit of three goals, were defensively very poor in the first half. However, Mancini's men, who finally managed to pull their act together, made a stunning comeback in the latter half of the game, scoring three goals via Sergio Augero (60' and 82') and Mario Balotelli (pen 75').

City, who were now attacking very dangerously, nearly managed to make it to the quarters through goalie Joe Hart's header, which was just inches wide of its target.

Check out these photos showing the two teams in action:

Manchester City's Pizarro challenges Sporting's Fernandez during their Europa League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium.Reuters
Manchester City's Richards challenges Sporting's Xandao during their Europa League soccer match in Manchester.Reuters
Sporting's Pereirinha challenges Manchester City's Balotelli during their Europa League soccer match in Manchester.Reuters
Manchester City's Hart is beaten by a free kick from Sporting's Fernandez during their Europa League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.Reuters
Sporting's Pereirinha challenges Manchester City's Kolarov during their Europa League soccer match in Manchester.Reuters
Sporting's Van Wolfswinkel shoots to score against Manchester City during their Europa League soccer match in Manchester.Reuters
Sporting's van Wolfswinkel celebrates with Insua and Capel after scoring during their Europa League soccer match against Manchester City in Manchester.Reuters
Sporting's Pereirinha challenges Manchester City's Kolarov during their Europa League soccer match at the Etihad stadium in Manchester.Reuters
Manchester City's goalkeeper Hart heads the ball past Sporting's goalkeeper Patricio during their Europa League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.Reuters
Sporting's players celebrate after their Europa League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium in Manchester.Reuters