Mancini anger at referee as Man City edge towards Champions League exit

Roberto Mancini angrily confronted the officials as Manchester City fell deeper into danger of Champions League elimination after a 2-2 draw with Ajax, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The manager was unhappy that City had a goal disallowed for offside that would have seen the Premier League champions complete their comeback from two goals down to lead by the odd goal in five, while the decision to blow for full-time rather than award a penalty for an apparent foul on Mario Balotelli did little to improve the mood of the Italian coach.

Mancini revealed his comments to the officials in a post-match interview: “I said it was a goal. I didn’t see the situation with Mario, but my players say it was a penalty. The referee and his staff were really poor. I said to the referee, ‘congratulations, it was a goal’.

City fell behind after two cases of slack marking from set-pieces allowed Ajax captain Siem de Jong to net a brace. Both goals came inside the opening 18 minutes and left City with a proverbial mountain to climb, both in the match and in the group table.

The draw leaves City’s position in Group D in little better health as the Etihad Stadium side remain bottom of the table, six points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund and five of Real Madrid, City’s next opponents.

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