Madrid advances, eliminates City with 1-1 draw
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League knockout phase and Manchester City's campaign ended in the group stage for the second successive season after the Spanish and English champions drew 1-1 on Wednesday.
City needed a win to keep its hopes alive going into the Group D finale, but Karim Benzema exploited sloppy defending to put Madrid ahead after just 10 minutes at Etihad Stadium.
City secured a lifeline in the 74th when Alvaro Arbeloa was sent off after fouling Sergio Aguero and the Argentina striker subsequently equalized from the penalty spot.
But Madrid held on for the draw to qualify with Borussia Dortmund, leaving City stranded at the bottom with just three points from five matches.