Manchesters dumped out

Manchesters dumped out

United crash out after 1-2 loss; City exit despite spirited effort

The Manchester clubs' wretched continental seasons ended on Thursday as outclassed United and battling City suffered contrasting Europa League last-16 exits to an exhilarating Athletic Bilbao and a fortunate Sporting respectively.

While the failure of the Premier League title rivals to progress means the end of English representation, Spain has three sides in Friday's draw for the quarterfinals and semifinals with Atletico Madrid and Valencia joining Bilbao.

United, who this time last year were well on their way to the Champions League final, were outplayed in both legs by Bilbao, losing 2-1 in Spain and 5-3 overall.

City clawed their way back from 2-0 down on the night with three goals in the last half-hour to win 3-2 at home to Sporting but went out on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate result.

While the two English clubs are left to give their undivided attention to domestic matters, the European adventure continues for others including Germany's Hanover 96 who beat Standard Liege 4-0 for a 6-2 aggregate win.

AZ Alkmaar also progressed despite being reduced to 10 men after two minutes when Nick Viergever was sent off and going two goals behind in the first quarter of an hour at Udinese. The Dutch side pulled a goal back on the half-hour through Erik Falkenburg and missed a second-half penalty before losing 2-1 on the night and squeezing through 3-2 on aggregate.

Schalke 04 also made the quarterfinals having overhauled a first-leg deficit to beat Twente Enschede 4-1 on Thursday and 4-2 overall thanks to a hat-trick from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

It was also an exciting night in Greece where Metalist Kharkiv beat Olympiakos 2-1 to go through on away goals with a 2-2 aggregate draw. Metalist's Marko Devic had missed a 78th minute penalty that looked like costing them the tie before making amends eight minutes later to grab the goal that put them through.

Atletico Madrid had a much smoother ride in a 6-1 aggregate win over Besiktas after a 3-0 win in Turkey courtesy of goals from Adrian, Radamel Falcao and Eduardo Salvio. Fellow La Liga side Valencia drew 1-1 at PSV Eindhoven to go through 5-3 overall.