PSG top group, City contemplate life outside of Europe

Updated: December 5, 2012

PSG relieved the pressure on manager Carlo Ancelotti when they defeated Porto to top group A in the Champions League. Manchester City suffered more European failure when they finished bottom of group D, Schalke topped group B following their draw and Arsenal’s loss, AC Milan lost but had already secured qualification, while Malaga drew having already secured top spot in C and Real finished off their group campaign with a win over Ajax.

PSG have been suffering from some desperate form domestically in recent times however a 2-1 win securing top spot in group would have relieved the pressure somewhat on Ancelotti. PSG and Porto had already booked their spots coming into match. A stoppage-time penalty from substitute Ivan Krstanovic handed Dinamo Zagreb a first goal and point in Group A with a 1-1 draw at home to Dynamo Kiev.

Schalke 04 went through as Group B winners with a 1-1 draw at Montpellier, leaving Arsenal as runners-up after they lost 2-1 at Olympiakos Piraeus.

In group C Malaga had already guaranteed top spot drew 2-2 at home to Anderlecht while 7 times European champions AC Milan rested several top names in their 1-0 loss to Zenit.

In group D, a Callejon double, Ronaldo and Kaka got in on the action as they thrashed Ajax 4-1, while Dortmund finished their group stage with another win over hapless Manchester City 1-0. City are the first Premier League team to finish the group stage without a win and replace Blackburn Rovers, who got four points in 1995-96, as having the lowest points tally recorded by an English team from their six Champions League group games.

Tonight sees the group stages finish as E-H battle it out for the remaining spots.