Man City, Liverpool lose Europa League
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 06:38:56 GMT
English Premier League sides Manchester City and Liverpool have been dumped out of the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev and Braga respectively.
The 10-man Manchester City defeated the Ukrainian team 1-0 at home on Thursday, but bowed out 2-1 on aggregate.
Italian Mario Balotelli was shown a straight red for a dreadful, high one-footed lunge at Goran Popov in the 37th minute.
Two minutes later, Aleksandar Kolarov scored the solo for Man City from an indirect free-kick through a congested area.
Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini was still happy with his side's performance, especially as they were a man down for more than half the match.
"I am happy for this. I think also with ten players we deserved to score other goals because we played well, we didn't concede any chances to them. But I think eleven against eleven was better," the Italian boss said.
Also on Thursday, Portuguese team Braga earned a goalless draw at Anfield to advance to the quarterfinal 1-0 on aggregate.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish could not hide his frustration after his side struggled to break down the visitors on a night of few chances and paid the price.
"Over the two legs it was a penalty kick that decided it (in the first leg)," Dalglish said.
"They were very well-organized and we knew before the game that the responsibility was on us to score a goal," he added.