Published December 03, 2012
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) – Manchester City needs to win in Dortmund and even that may not be enough for the English champion to stay in a European competition this season.
City is already out of the Champions League and the best it can hope for is a place in the Europa League. Even that is not entirely in its own hands.
Borussia Dortmund is assured of winning Group D and Real Madrid is through as the second-place team. In order to progress to the much less glamorous Europa League, City must beat Dortmund and hope for Ajax not to win in Madrid.
Amsterdam will host the final of the Europa League in May so Ajax will have an extra motive to win in Madrid.