Manchester City 2 Ajax 2 – City dumped out of Champions League
Manchester City needed to beat Ajax to stand any chance of reaching the last sixteen of the Champions League, although the Premier League champions gave themselves a mountain to climb on Wednesday night as the visitors raced into a 2-0 lead.
November 6th, 2012
Siem de Jong scored in the 10th and 17th minute to send the Dutch champions into the lead, with the City defence being caught cold on both occasions and they were especially culpable with the second goal where the Ajax midfielder had a free header.
The home side were stunned into action and they reduced the deficit five minutes later when Yaya Toure smartly controlled the ball on his chest before firing past Kenneth Vermeer.
However, Ajax held firm and continued to create scoring chances of their own, with Joe Hart once again having to produce some fine saves to keep his team in the game.
Manchester City finally hauled themselves level in the 74th minute when Sergio Aguero steered the ball home, although the home side thought they had won the game when the Argentine fired into the net only for Kolarov to be deemed offside.
Then in injury time, Mario Balotelli went tumbling after having his shirt pulled although the referee blew for full-time rather than award a spot kick to the home team. It’s all over for City in the Champions League for another season.