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Manchester City crashed out of the Europa Leaguedespite 1-0 victory at home to Dynamo Kiev despite a first half red card for Mario Balotelli.

The Blues secured a comfortable home victory over the Ukrainian side but their slender one goal lead was not enough to earn a place in the quarter finals.

City signalled their intentions straight from the kick off and after a display of quick attacking football, Balotelli squandered a glorious opportunity to open the scoring after Micah Richards pulled a cross across the goal, but the Italian fired over from close range.

Moments later it was Balotelli again with a chance to break the deadlock when he headed Aleksander Kolarov’s corner just over the bar.

City were frustrated by the visitors who were defending in numbers and it took until the 25thminute for the home side to carve out their next scoring chance.

As the ball fell for David Silva on the edge of the Kiev area, he saw his goal bound volley deflect off a defender before hitting Balotelli and heading wide for a goal kick.

Despite City’s desire to get the ball forward the Blues were struggling to find an end product and for all their territorial advantage there were little options in and around the penalty area to provide an outlet for the attack.

With the 36th minute came a moment of madness from Balotelli and the temperamental striker handed his side a huge blow, when a ludicrous challenge on Goran Popov saw the player deservedly given a straight red card.

As the two players challenged for the ball, Balotelli flew in with his foot at head height and although minimal contact was made, the referee issued a red card for what was a very dangerous incident.

Just as Manchester City’s chances were slimming the home side won a free-kick on the edge of the area just before half-time, it was played short to Kolarov and the defender despatched his shot into the bottom corner with a typical powerfully driven effort.

City made a bright start to the second half and when Carlos Tevez clashed with Roman Zozulya the referee sided with the Argentinean and David Silva’s free-kick was met by the head of Richards whose effort went just over.

As City continued in search of a crucial second goal the absence of Balotelli became more evident and Kiev began to create chances of their own.

Joe Hart was tested with a number of long range efforts and despite City’s dominance the visitors began to threaten a goal of their own.

The second half was marred with a number of petty challenges as a card-happy referee struggled to keep control of the game.

It mean that the Blues were unable to retain possession and they became frustrated by a Kiev side edging closer to the quarter finals.

Substitute Edin Dzeko almost scored the all important second goal after turning his defender on the edge of the penalty area but after unleashing a powerful shot the keeper saved comfortably.

City’s last chance came when Yaya-Toure stood over a free-kick at the edge of the penalty area but his low driven shot was aimed straight at the goalkeeper.

The ten men of Manchester City pushed on for a vital second goal but were unable to find it as the visitors took full advantage of having an extra man and were able to hold on for a place in the next round.

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