Manchester City comeback falls short

Manchester City crashed out of the Europa League on away goals despite rallying to a 3-2 home win against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

Matias Fernandez curled in a 33rd-minute free kick and Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored a second in the 40th to consolidate the Portuguese club’s 1-0 win in the first leg.

Needing four goals to progress, City almost completed an astonishing comeback as Sergio Aguero scored in the 60th and 82nd, sandwiching Mario Balotelli’s 75th-minute penalty, to level the aggregate score at 3-3.

City had left just too much to do, however, and Sporting earned its spot in the last eight on away goals.

The result at Etihad Stadium meant England was without any teams in the quarterfinals of Europe’s second-tier tournament.