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UEFA: Manchester duo dumped out of Champions League

Posted in European Football by peterbein on December 7, 2011

UEFA Champions League trophyThe two Manchester clubs have been sensationally dumped out of the UEFA Champions League following the final round of matches this evening.

Three-time European champions Manchester United are out of this year’s tournament having suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Swiss champions FC Basle 1893. United only needed a point to progress but found themselves two goals down with ten minutes of the match remaining, with Basle’s Marco Streller and Alexander Frei getting the goals, before Phil Jones pulled one back to make it an anxious finish for the Swiss side. United finished third in Group C behind Basle and group winners Benfica SL, who finished their campaign with a 1-0 win over Romanian champions Otelul Galati, and must now contend themselves with a place in the UEFA Europa League early next year.

Manchester City, meanwhile, needed a win against FC Bayern München and hope that Spanish side Villarreal CF would do them a favour by taking points from Italians Napoli SSC. Despite getting the win they needed, a 2-0 victory thanks to David Silva and Yaya Toure, City had to be satisfied with a third place finish in Group A finishing one point behind the Italians and three behind Bayern after the Neapolitans won by the same score line away in Spain. For all the money spent, City are still a work in progress and will hope to have learnt some of the lessons by the time the UEFA Europa League comes round again. City went out of that competition last season at the hands of Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv.

Romania: Champions begin new campaign with Super success (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on July 18, 2011

The annual Super Cup match has opened the new season in Romania with last season’s league champions Oțelul Galați getting the better of cup winners Steaua Bucharest with a single goal victory. Laurențiu Buș grabbed the only goal of the game after just a quarter of an hour and the champions never relinquished the lead in what was an exciting opener to the 2011-12 campaign. The Super Cup success was the first such triumph for Oțelul Galați who followed up last season’s maiden league title in style. The champions will begin the defence of their title next Monday against newly promoted Petrolul Ploieşti whilst Steaua begin their challenge to win a first championship since 2006 two days earlier with an away tie at another newly promoted side Voinţa Sibiu.