Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini accepted all the blame for his side's Europa League exit at the hands of Sporting Lisbon at the Etihad Stadium.

City were edged out on away goals in their last-16 tie despite a late comeback. The English side trailed 3-0 on aggregate after conceding goals to Matias Fernandez and Ricky van Wolfswinkel in an indisciplined first-half performance, but two goals from Sergio Aguero and a Mario Balotelli penalty gave City hope of an unlikely win which goalkeeper Joe Hart was close to completing.

Mancini said: "In the first half we didn't play, but I am the manager and it's not the players' fault, but mine - I probably made a mistake. The players did everything, and fought on the pitch. When a manager doesn't prepare well for the game, this happens."

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