Manchester City fights for place in Europa League

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 6:14 am •  Published: December 3, 2012
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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Manchester City needs to win in Dortmund and even that may not be enough for the English champion to stay in a European competition this season.

City is already out of the Champions League and the best it can hope for is a place in the Europa League. Even that is not entirely in its own hands.

Borussia Dortmund is assured of winning Group D and Real Madrid is through as the second-place team. In order to progress to the much less glamorous Europa League, City must beat Dortmund on Tuesday and hope for Ajax not to win in Madrid the same night.

Amsterdam will host the final of the Europa League in May so Ajax will have an extra motive to win in Madrid.

Going into the final round of group matches, Dortmund has 11 points, Real eight, Ajax four and City three.

The match in Dortmund is City's last chance to get a victory in the group and salvage some pride — but it has lost all away games so far.

Dinamo Zagreb, Montpellier and Nordsjaelland are the only other teams that have failed to win a game in the Champions League this season.

City remains unbeaten in the Premier League after drawing 1-1 at the weekend at home to Everton to remain second behind rival Manchester United.

"Our strikers aren't firing on all cylinders at the moment and not scoring enough goals, but they worked hard today and they will have periods like that during the season," coach Roberto Mancini said after the draw with Everton.

"We are not going to go through the season winning every game and sometimes you have to accept that it is not your way and take something out of the game, which we did."

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