MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City looks dejected at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on December 7, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 UEFA Champions League: City Out Despite 2-0 Win

Despite all of their spending and their place in the Premier League, Manchester City have gone crashing out of their first attempt at UEFA Champions League glory.

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Manchester United Are Out, Manchester City Are Out And The Champions League Group Stages Are Not Rubbish

Manchester's finest paid the price for an inability to move with the times as the Champions League Group Stages become a more competitive place.

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Manchester City Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 UEFA Champions League: City Out Despite 2-0 Win

Manchester City brushed aside Bayern Munich's reserve side at the Etihad Stadium, beating the Germans 2-0 without breaking a sweat, but ultimately they failed to advance to the knockout rounds of the Champions League thanks to results elsewhere going against them. The Bavarians had already qualified as group leaders and were therefore in no mood to risk injury to their key players, and City demolished them from almost the very beginning.

After a tentative start which saw the visitors granted far more possession than their play warranted, the Premier League leaders took over. A David Silva free kick was disallowed for Joleon Lescott's shove on Hans-Jorg Butt before the diminutive Spaniard scored for real, pulling a swerving left-footed strike out of nothing to give the hosts a 1-0 lead and put them on track for a vital win.

Halftime came and went with no goals from Spain - a Napoli win against Villarreal would have made the match in Manchester irrelevant - and City doubled their tally shortly after the break following a cool finish from the impressive Yaya Toure. Then news came in and spread around the crowd: Gokhan Inler had broken the deadlock at El Madrigal. Head went down, the crowd went silent, and the game no longer seemed to matter to anyone.

It certainly didn't matter to Bayern, who were happy to sit around doing approximately nothing while City's players desperately tried to summon some motivation from somewhere, hoping for a miracle from Villarreal. They didn't get it. Napoli won, and suddenly the result (it finished 2-0 to City) was completely meaningless.

So, it was a fine performance by Roberto Mancini's men against a weak side, but a pretty terrible day regardless. Manchester City finish third in Champions League Group A, and drop to the Europa League. Now City have to pick themselves up off the ground and prepare for Chelsea next Monday. A win at Stamford Bridge would do a lot to restore their spirits, one would think.

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Manchester City Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 UEFA Champions League: City Lead 1-0 At Halftime

Well it's great news for Manchester City so far, who are beating Bayern Munich's reserve side 1-0 and look - for now - set to advance to the knockout rounds at the expense of Napoli, who are drawing against Villarreal. City have been by far the better side at the Etihad Stadium, with already-through Bayern fielding just two of the same players who started against the Premier League leaders at the Allianz Arena, and could be looking at an even more comfortable lead right now.

Sergio Aguero had an early headed miss that he should have done better with before David Silva ripped a beautiful long-range effort past Hans-Jorg Butt, conjuring a vital lead out of nothing. A goalline clearance by Jerome Boateng after a neat effort by Aguero stopped the scoreline getting worse for Bayern, but they don't look anything like capable of mounting a reply. Can City really pull off a miracle here?

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Manchester City Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Manchester City need a win to have any hope of advancing from UEFA Champions League Group A and therefore field a strong lineup. Bayern Munich do not. The Bundesliga leaders are already through as group winners and therefore can afford to faff around a little bit, with coach Jupp Heynckes apparently trying to answer that age-old question 'can I field a starting eleven that my bench could beat?' Happily for City, it looks like Heynckes might have managed it.

Manchester City lineup (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Stefan Savic; Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure; Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, David Silva; Edin Dzeko.

Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Pablo Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, James Milner, Adam Johnson, Nigel de Jong, Mario Balotelli.

Bayern Munich lineup (4-4-2): Hans-Jorg Butt, Diego Contento, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Rafinha;  Luiz Gustavo, Antoliy Tymoshchuk, Danijel Pranjic, David Alaba; Nils Petersen, Ivica Olic.

Substitutes: Manuel Neuer, Daniel van Buyten, Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Takashi Usami, Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez.

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Manchester City Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos Sent Home With Flu

Bayern Munich may want to field as strong a team as possible against Manchester City in order to knock their potentially-dangerous opponents out at the first hurdle, but that team won't be quite as strong as Jupp Heynckes would like - both Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben have been sent back to Germany after catching the flu, leaving the Bundesliga leaders significantly weakened ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash.

That won't both Bayern too much, since they're already assured of a first-place finish with 13 points from their opening five games, but it will give Roberto Mancini and City some hope that a result against the Bundesliga side is far from impossible. The Bavarians are also missing dynamic midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, and on paper City should be favourites to get the win at home. That might all be for naught depending on what Napoli do at Villarreal, but this is much better news for City than having to face some of Germany's top talents.

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Playing For Experience: Manchester City Need To Beat Bayern Munich

Roberto Mancini has bemoaned City's lack of experience. He is wrong and right; either way they need a win.

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Manchester City Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 UEFA Champions League Matchday 6 Preview: City in Trouble, But There's Still Hope

Manchester City need a win against Bayern Munich as well as a little help from Villarreal against Napoli to escape UEFA Champions League Group A.

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