City victory in vain
Manchester City defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 in their final UEFA Champions League Group A clash at Eastlands on Wednesday, but it was not enough to see them into the knockout rounds of the competition.
Napoli’s 2-0 victory at Villarreal meant that whatever the score in Manchester, they would finish runners-up to Bayern in the pool.
It was hard-luck for City, who were completely dominant against an under-strength Bayern side who had been laid low by a flu virus that ravaged their squad in the build-up to the game.
The home side were completely dominant from the off, and it was something of a surprise that it took them until almost halftime to break the deadline.
David Silva produced a piece of magic, showing excellent quick feet on the edge of the area before firing a low shot past Bayern keeper Hans-Jorg Butt.
And it was 2-0 just after the break when Yaya Toure started and finished a superb City move that also involved Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri.
That goal put the game beyond Bayern, who looked as though they would be happy to see the full-time whistle at that point.
The game lost its intensity once news filtered through from Spain of the Napoli goals, and both sides played out the final 15 minutes at half-pace.
City will now drop down to play in the UEFA Europa League, a competition they will now be among the favourites to win.