It's over Man City!
It's over Man City!
Probably not. They tried a comeback, it didn't come off. But they know it, they shouldn't have gone behind. One goal was a headache to equalize, two would become a migraine. Would they go for the win the game? They tried, it was too late, though they'll claim Sergio Aguero was denied a clear winner.
As Man City players trudged off the Etihad fresh from their spirited 2-2 draw with Ajax Amsterdam, as Roberto Mancini berated both the referee and a cameraman, the stark reality was evident in the points column. The Citizens are yet to win a game, having amassed only two points from four games. With games against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund yet to come, there's no need to consult any prophetic octopus, the nouveau riche side is as good as done.
How did it get to this, that for all the money they are floating in, that for all their arsenal of world class players, they couldn't send Frank de Boer's packing? They couldn't defend set pieces well and were twice found out by Siem de Jong, though Yaya Toure halved the deficit before Diego Maradona's son-in-law restored parity.
It will be hard for the Moneybags to qualify for second phase, though mathematically they are not yet out. They'll need more than a miracle to progress at the expense of either Los Blancos or the German champions. But first up they play host to Jose Mourinho's men on November 21st. All the best, Mancini.
Los Merengues were seeking both revenge and top spot against Jurgen Klopp's men. But Dortmund were good value for their money and are proving a serious contender for the Big Ears trophy. Marcos Reus' opener was sumptuous, stunning the Bernabeu faithful, only for Pepe to equalize with a thumping header. Mario Goetze restored the Black Yellows' advantage before halftime, before Mesut Ozil's equalizing free kick to make it 2-2 came to the La Liga holders' rescue.
Over to Germany and Arsenal couldn't hold onto a two-goal advantage, as the hosts Schalke 04 came from behind to draw the game 2-2. Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud gave the visitors the lead, before Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan gave the hosts a deserved draw.
In truth, Arsene Wenger's men played really well, one must have wondered where they were on Saturday against Man United. They should qualify alright, even though Greek side Olympiakos are hot on their heels. Only two points separate Schalke, the Gunners and the Greek side, making it an interesting qualification battle with two match days remaining.