Sky Sports analyses the English clubs' performances in the Champions League on Tuesday night as both Manchester City and Arsenal lost.
Last Updated: 04/12/12 11:31pm
Manchester City's miserable Champions League Group D campaign drew to a sorry end with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. The latest loss means the English champions are out of European competition for another season as they failed to qualify in third place to reach the Europa League. Arsenal, who had already qualified for the last 16, finished second in Group B after losing a lead in Greece as Olympiakos came from behind to inflict a 2-1 defeat.
Borussia Dortmund 1 Manchester City 0
Jakub Blaszczykowski's cross from the right across the face of goal for Julian Schieber's winner was as good a cross as you will see.
Edin Dzeko had a chance to put City ahead soon after the re-start but headed straight at the home goalkeeper.
Man of the Match
City keeper Joe Hart made a succession of top-class saves to keep the score down to just one goal
Serbian official Milorad Mazic had a quiet night, issuing three yellow cards, all to City players. There were no contentious goal or penalty claims and he let the game flow.
City enjoyed 51.9 per cent possession but could not convert this into shots on target, having just four to their opponents' seven.
Sky Sports Verdict
Sky Sports' Glenn Hoddle said: "There's got to be some questions aimed at the manager and the staff. Are the players switched into whatever system he's asking them to play? And I would question that."
Olympiakos 2 Arsenal 1
Arsenal produced the one moment of real quality of the first half when Gervinho's strong run ended with him getting his head up to cut the ball back perfectly to allow Tomas Rosicky to run on and calmly sweep home the opening goal. Rosicky was undoubtedly the standout player of the first half, while Arsenal will also take heart from the performances of Jernade Meade and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
After Rosicky was withdrawn at half-time Arsenal lost shape and focus, throwing away the chance for a confidence-boosting victory - albeit in a game that wasn't of huge importance - after three Premier League games without a win. Another defeat, another lead carelessly tossed away.
Man of the Match
Rosicky only played half the match but was certainly Arsenal's best player and probably still the single biggest contributor to the game. He was involved in all Arsenal's best offensive work in the opening period while also covering plenty of yards and popping up with a couple of handy blocks and clearances in defence. Arsenal were half the side after his withdrawal.
Alberto Undiano Mallenco looked to let the game flow, playing a couple of good advantages but also allowing clear fouls at both ends to go unpunished in the first half. There were a flurry of bookings in the second half, but no-one could truly feel aggrieved to see yellow and Sebastien Squillaci could conceivably have walked for his foul on the surging Rafik Djebbour. The one big controversy - the corner before Olympiakos' opener - was a decision for the much-maligned extra official behind the goal who was no more than six yards away as the ball went behind off post rather than Wojciech Szczesny's hand.
Despite enjoying only 44.5 per cent of first-half possession, the Gunners went in a goal up at the break. Wenger's side then shaded possession in the second period but still lost the game.
Sky Sports Verdict
Sky Sports' Glenn Hoddle said: "Whether Arsenal are consistent enough to go all the way - no. But if they hit the right notes with their key players back then they can certainly give it a go."