City go behind in first leg against Sporting

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Updated: March 8, 2012

 

Manchester City’s quest for Europa League glory received a setback on Thursday when the Premier League leaders lost 1-0 at Sporting Lisbon in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

City had crushed Portuguese league leaders Porto 6-1 on aggregate in the previous round, but they found Sporting – 14 points off the pace in the Portuguese Liga – a much more obdurate adversary at Jose Alvalade Stadium.

Brazilian centre-back Xandao claimed the game’s only goal with a clever back-heel in the 51st minute to give Ricardo Sa Pinto’s side a narrow advantage ahead of the second leg at the City of Manchester Stadium next week.

In the nights other matches, Atletico Madrid continued their impressive form under coach Diego Simeone by scoring three times in 14 first-half minutes to beat Besiktas 3-1 with two goals from Argentine Eduardo Salvio.

A Luuk de Jong penalty just past the hour mark gave Twente Enschede a 1-0 victory at home to 10-man Schalke 04 and Olympiakos won by the same score at Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv thanks to David Fuster’s strike just after the break.

Manchester United were stunned at home 2-3 to Bilbao despite a Rooney brace while Valencia brushed aside PSV 4-2 at home.