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English champions bundled out of Europe

sports Updated: Dec 06, 2012 01:37 IST

English champions Manchester City failed to save some face on Tuesday and qualify at least for the Europa League by putting up a limp performance in a 1-0 defeat by Group D winners Borussia Dortmund.

Julian Schieber scored the only goal of the game in the 57th minute for the German champions, who finished the group with 14 points, while City finished bottom.
Having already been eliminated from the Champions League knock-out stage, City had a chance to take third place and qualify for the Europa League Round of 32.

Four star Madrid
Madrid: Real Madrid made light work of Ajax with an emphatic 4-1 win on Tuesday, but still had to settle for second place in Champions League Group D.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and a Jose Callejon double in the Santiago Bernabeu sealed the Spanish champions' victory, but top spot in the group went to Borussia Dortmund who beat Manchester City 1-0. Derk Boerrigter got the consolation for the Dutch who gave a good account of themselves and win a place in the Europa League.

Schalke goes top

Montpellier: Schalke 04 claimed top spot in their final Champions League Group B match with a 1-1 draw at French champions Montpellier on Tuesday.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/12/06_12_12-metro24.jpg

The Germans, already through to the knock-out round, ensured they go into the draw as group leaders with a two-point advantage on second-placed English side Arsenal, who fell 2-1 at Greek side Olympiakos. Second-half goals from Schalke's Benedikt Howedes and Montpellier's Emanuel Herrera ensured a stalemate France, as the hosts ended their first foray into elite European football bottom of the group with just two points.

Montpellier started without playmaker Younes Belhanda as coach Rene Girard opted instead for the young Remy Cabella, with Argentine striker Herrera backed up by Souleymane Camara and Anthony Mounier as they bid for all three points.

Dispute in Zenit
Moscow: Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg, rocked by a players dispute after the big money signing of Hulk, are facing a fresh headache after the Brazilian striker was substituted in a Champions League clash.

Zenit's Italian manager Luciano Spalletti brought off Hulk for midfielder Konstantin Zyryanov with 10 minutes to go in the match against AC Milan Tuesday. Zenit were leading 1-0 when Spalletti decided to defend the lead and strengthen the back line.