Manchester United crash out of Europe

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Louis van Gaal

IN a night of conflicting fortunes for the red and blue sides of Manchester, it was United who suffered a sobering result, losing 3-2 away to Wolfsburg to finish third place in their Champions League group. 

A hapless display of defensive blunder and erratic play saw them squander an early lead that lasted just four minutes, while a period of hanging on at 2-2 fared even worse as Nando scored his second to send the English team into the badlands of the Europa League. 

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Meanwhile back in Manchester, City put their recent disastrous European campaigns behind them with a stunning three goal blitz in the last 12 minutes to defeat Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-2 and finish top of Group D.

Sevilla did the blues a favour by defeating Juventus at home, securing their own Europa League spot, which paved the way for a top finish and the likelihood of an easier second round draw. 

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record, scoring four goals in an 8-0 Real Madrid crushing of Swedish team Malmo, the result stamping their authority on a group they top with 16 points. 


City rivals Atlético Madrid also topped their group with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Benfica in Lisbon. 





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