Posted: Wednesday October 24, 2012 5:23PM ; Updated: Wednesday October 24, 2012 5:23PM

Champions League: City falls, Dortmund rises in Group D

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Ajax beat Manchester City 3-1 to push City (one point) into last place in Group D

Borussia Dortmund defeated Real Madrid 2-1 to move into first place in Group D

Schalke topped Arsenal 2-0 to take over first place in Group B, one up on Arsenal

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Sergio Aguero and City look likely to miss the knockout stage for the second straight year under Roberto Mancini.
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AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Ajax stunned Manchester City 3-1 in a Champions League group stage match on Wednesday through goals from Siem de Jong, Niklas Moisander and man of the match Christian Eriksen.

Ajax put the visitors under pressure from the start, but City scored on a counter attack in the 22nd minute when Samir Nasri was left unmarked and slotted home easily. But De Jong equalized just before halftime, volleying a cross past England international Joe Hart in the City goal.

Moisander rose perfectly to meet a corner by Eriksen in the 57th to give the home side its first lead. Eriksen then evaded several defenders to score in the 68th, when his shot deflected off Gael Clichy.

The result sees Ajax leapfrog City into third place in Group D with three points from three games while City remains on 1 point.

Borussia Dortmund 2, Real Madrid 1

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) -- Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund held on for a 2-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid to ensure the Spanish champions' miserable record in Germany was extended on Wednesday.

Marcel Schmelzer's 64th-minute strike proved to be the winner for the Bundesliga champions. Cristiano Ronaldo had pulled Madrid level two minutes after Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 36th.

It was Dortmund's first win at home over a Spanish opponent at the sixth attempt, while Madrid has now lost 17 of its 24 games in Germany against a German opponent. Madrid's only win was a 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen in 2000.

Dortmund tops Group D with seven points after three games. Ajax beat Manchester City 3-1 in the other group game.

Schalke 2, Arsenal 0

LONDON (AP) -- Netherlands internationals Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay scored late goals as Schalke outclassed Arsenal to win in the Champions League, lifting the team above the English side to the top of Group B.

The German visitors had wasted a string of good openings by the time Huntelaar put them in front with a low drive in the 76th minute, his ninth goal of the season for club and country.

Afellay clinched victory for Schalke in the 86th, slotting home from close range after Jefferson Farfan had evaded Arsenal's defense again down the right flank.

The loss ended Arsenal's perfect start to the competition and leaves manager Arsene Wenger with some worrying problems with his team being outclassed in every department.

Schalke is on seven points - one ahead of Arsenal, which is still favored to progress to the knockout stage despite this setback.

Paris Saint-Germain 2, Dinamo Zagreb 0

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jeremy Menez gave Paris Saint-Germain a win at Dinamo Zagreb, inflicting a ninth successive loss in the Champions League for the Croatian team.

Ibrahimovic missed two chances before scoring in the 33rd minute after receiving a pass from Menez. The French winger scored in 43rd after a solo move that he ended by slotting the ball between the legs of Dinamo goalkeeper Ivan Kelava.

PSG is second in Group A with six points, three behind FC Porto and three in front of Dynamo Kiev, which lost 3-2 at Porto in the other match on Wednesday.

"We had some chances but we made some stupid mistakes,'' Dinamo Zagreb defender Domagoj Vida said. "PSG used its opportunities.''

FC Porto 3, Dynamo Kiev 2

PORTO, Portugal (AP) -- Jackson Martinez scored in each half to help FC Porto to a win over Dynamo Kiev for the Portuguese club's third straight win in the Champions League.

The Colombian striker tapped in a low cross from Lucho Gonzalez in the 78th for victory after the visitors had twice equalized to get back into the game.

Porto stayed top of Group A with nine points after victories over Dinamo Zagreb and Paris Saint-Germain. Kiev has one win and two losses.

Silvestre Varela put Porto ahead in the 15th, firing a powerful shot from the edge of the area, as Porto kept its opponent pinned back.

Malaga 1, AC Milan 0

MALAGA, Spain (AP) -- Joaquin Sanchez made up for a penalty miss by scoring the second-half winner as Malaga continued its unbeaten start in the Champions League with a victory over AC Milan.

Joaquin curled a penalty off the crossbar in the 45th minute but made no mistake in the 64th when volleying Manuel Iturra's lob pass off the bounce and past goalkeeper Marco Amelia from a tight angle.

Malaga's third straight victory in Group C lifted it to nine points and further compounded Milan's miserable season. The Italian club has just four points and is 15th in Serie A - 15 points behind champion and leader Juventus.

Zenit St. Petersburg 1, Anderlecht 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Alexander Kerzhakov scored a second-half penalty as Zenit St. Petersburg recorded its first win in the Champions League this season by beating Anderlecht.

The home side was awarded a penalty when Milan Jovanovic brought down Alexander Anyukov in the box. Kerzhakov beat Silvio Proto into the right corner for his 200th career goal.

The result lifted the Russian champion to third place in Group C. Anderlecht remained bottom with one point from three games.

The two teams struggled on a wet and slippery pitch, playing under cold pouring rain for the first 35 minutes.

Kanu had the visitors' first chance ten minutes into the game but his shot ricocheted off a defender. Two minutes later, Jovanovic's cross from inside the box missed the far right post.

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