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Published on Nov 07, 2012
 

Manchester City on brink of exit after draw with Ajax

 
 

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Manchester City stand on the verge of a second successive group-phase exit from the Champions League after a 2-2 draw at home to Ajax on Tuesday left their hopes hanging by a thread.

Sloppy defending saw City fall 2-0 down to a pair of early goals from Siem de Jong, and although the English champions rallied and drew level through Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, the last 16 remains an unlikely objective.

The result left Roberto Mancini's men with two points from four games and even victories in their remaining Group D games against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund may not be enough to keep them in the competition.

Having out-played City in their 3-1 victory in Amsterdam two weeks ago, Ajax once again showed their class at the Etihad Stadium, and they trail second-place Madrid by three points with two games to play.