Manchester City crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday despite staging a rousing second-half fightback against Sporting Lisbon to pick up a 3-2 victory in the night.

The way goals rule put paid to the Blues continental dreams, with a two-legged tie ending 3-3 on aggregate.

Goals from Matias Fernandez and Ricky van Wolfswinkel contributed to Sporting via edge and ensured that the city arch-rivals Manchester United joined in the last-16 stage from bending.

Two efforts of Sergio Aguero and a fine of Mario Balotelli city offered hope of a remarkable game on his head turning, but it was not to be for Roberto Mancini of side.

A lacklustre showing from the Blues saw them fall behind on 33 minutes, with Fernandez to admit an unnecessarily create Balotelli reward for free kick 25 meters from goal as he rifled the ball past Joe Hart.

The Etihad Stadium wedding for a second time five minutes before the interval when Marat Izmailov ghosted in space and squared for Van Wolfswinkel to tap into an empty net sporting then are stunned.

City had to respond in the second half and they did just that, handing them a lifeline with Aguero on the hour when he hit the ball into the back of the net after being handpicked by Yaya Toure mark.

Balotelli then held his nerve to convert from the stain after Aguero was sent, and there still tumbling 15 minutes were on the clock.

Mancini of men got a more, such as Aguero in his second of the night crashed, but despite piling on the pressure, and planting a header inches wide Heart, there was no end fairytale suburb.

Source Package: SKY


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