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City and United crash out of Europa League

So, Chelsea are not just English football's only Champions League representatives, they are the Premier League's sole representatives in European football.

After the Blues booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals in dramatic fashion against Napoli on Wednesday, it was the turn of Manchester's two clubs to see if they could make progress in the Europa League.

But United crashed out 5-2 on aggregate after losing 2-1 away to Sporting Lisbon - with Wayne Rooney bagging an 80th minute consolation - and City failed to recover after conceding two first half goals against Sporting Lisbon in Manchester.

Sporting, 1-0 up from the first leg in Portugal, opened up a 3-0 aggregate lead in the first half.

City fought back with a double strike from Sergio Aguero after the break and Mario Balotelli's 75th-minute penalty gave the home side a 3-2 lead on the night, but Sporting's two away goals proved to be the difference as Roberto Mancini's men were left to focus on the Premier League title race with United.


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