Manchester City are out of Europe entirely after their loss in Dortmund.
Ajax will have the privilege of competing in the knockout stage of the Europa League, thanks to a goal by Borussia Dortmund's Julian Schreiber. Manchester City's poor UEFA Champions League campaign came to a fitting end on Tuesday, as they were sunk by Borussia Dortmund, 1-0. They leave European competition after finishing fourth in the group, and they will have the rest of the season to concentrate on domestic football.
The game's lone goal came in the 57th minute by way of a fantastic setup by substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski. Jurgen Klopp rested his star winger to start the match, but 'Kuba' ignited his side's attack when he made an appearance off the bench. He set up Schreiber's goal beautifully, and the finish just required a simple poke.
City had nothing for Dortmund in the closing minutes, and never looked much like finding an equalizer. The home side held on for a very comfortable win to close their group stage campaign on a high note. They had the group wrapped up before Tuesday night, but Klopp will be hoping his side can carry some momentum into their domestic campaign after this win.
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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart admits the English champions let themselves down as they were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages for the second successive year.
“I don’t know what happened — we have let ourselves down in Europe, we’ve not qualified for the next stage and we’ve not even got into the Europa League,” Hart said.
“I think the intensity was there but when they scored it disappeared, if I am being totally honest.
“It’s a shame because we are a side that can come from behind; we’ve proved that many times, so it was disappointing.
“There was a hunger to win, but like I say, we have let ourselves down. We wanted to win in this tournament and we need to be winning.”
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