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Real Madrid send Man City to another early exit

Published on Nov 22, 2012 5:53 AM
Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos (centre) vies with Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov (left) during the Uefa Champions League group D football match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on Nov 21, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho marked his 100th Champions League game with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Wednesday that sent his side into the last 16 at City's expense.

City had to win to stand any chance of going through, so although Sergio Aguero's 73rd-minute penalty cancelled out Karim Benzema's early opener, the hosts went out in the group phase for a second successive season.

Madrid had Alvaro Arbeloa sent off, but with eight points - three less than Group D leaders Borussia Dortmund - they cannot be caught by either Ajax or City, who had not lost in their 19 previous European home games.

The English champions trail Ajax by a point and therefore must win at Dortmund in their final group fixture and hope the Dutch side lose in Madrid if they are to secure the consolation prize of a Europa League berth.

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