Roberto Mancini says Manchester City are 'finished' in Europe, after his side drew 2-2 against Ajax at the Etihad. City went 2-0 down in the first 20 minutes after Siem De Jong exposed the Citizen's sloppy defence.
Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero brought City level, and the side thought that they had a penalty when in the dying moments of the game Mario Balotelli was pulled down in the box. But the full time whistle was blown instead prompting a furious Mancini to march onto the pitch and argue with officials. With the Sky Blues now needing to win their next two games against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to stand any chance of qualifying, the Italian admitted that City's European campaign was effectively over.
"I think that we scored three goals, probably we conceded two silly goals because in a game that is very important like tonight you cannot concede two goals on corners. At this moment we played well. But after we started to play very well, we scored the first goal and in the second half we played a fantastic second half, but now we can do nothing. It is finished"
Arsenal also drew 2-2 last night away at Schalke. The Gunners looked well on their way to avenging their defeat against the German side as Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal a two goal lead. But a spirited comeback from Schalke saw Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan bring the game level and keep Arsneal second in Group B. Manager Arsene Wenger reflected on the disappointing result.
"Well for us it was important not to lose and if possible to win, we managed the first part of our job but not the second. I felt that overall we played reasonably well but we dropped physically in the second half and the regret we have is that overall we got the goal conceded just before half time and missed a goal chance just before the end of the game."
Tonight's games see Manchester United travel to Braga, whilst Chelsea host Shakhtar Donetsk.
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