AMSTERDAM (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City fell deeper in trouble in their quest for Champions League glory this season after losing 3-1 to Ajax on Wednesday night night.
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The Barclays Premier League champions were well on course to take three points from their Group D fixture at Amsterdam Arena, following Samir Nasri’s 22nd minute strike.
However, Siem de Jong finished brilliantly on 45minutes to pull the teams level heading into the half-time break.
Ajax kept up the pressure and got the go ahead goal from Niklas Moisander, who headed home a Christian Eriksen’s 57th minute corner kick.
Eriksen sealed the points and left Manchester City with a massive mountain to climb.
The defeat was the City’s second from their three opening games, and manager Roberto Mancini took the blame for the loss.
“They were better than us. They played better football,” Mancini said.
“It is my fault, I didn’t prepare well for the game and I take the blame.
“I thought in one way and it was different. When you prepare in one way and it is a different game it is difficult.
“We had more chances to score and in the Champions League you need to score. It is my fault, I repeat.”
Manchester City are now bottom of Group D with just one point.
Meanwhile Spanish champions Real Madrid also suffered a defeat after losing 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski and Marcel Schmelzer, who netted the winner, scored for Dortmund, while Cristiano Ronaldo was on target for Real Madrid.
Arsenal were stunned 2-0 by Schalke at home with Dutchmen Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay doing the damage.
AC Milan loss to Malaga 1-0, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped Paris Saint Germain beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0.