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In European football action, 

Real Madrid, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are through to the last 16 of the Champions League, but Manchester City will not be joining them in the next stage. 

This morning at the Etihad Stadium, Man City needed to beat Real Madrid to keep their qualification hopes alive. 

But the match ended 1-1, which was enough to see Jose Mourinho's squad advance into the knockout phase. 

And Man City are now the 1st Premier League champions in history, to crash out of Europe's elite tournament at the group stage. 

Real with 8 points are 2nd in Group D while Borussia Dortmund top the table on 11 points. 

That was after today's 4-1 thrashing by the Germans of Ajax Amsterdam. 

Meanwhile, 

Arsenal beat Montpellier 2-nil at the Emirates Stadium. 

Goals by Jack Wilshere and Lukas Polodski were enough to send the Gunners into the next round. 

The Londoners are 2nd in Group B and trail Schalke by a single point. 

The German club were 1-0 winners at home over Olympiakos. 

Over in Group A, Paris Saint-Germain also advanced after beating Dynamo Kiev 2-0 in the Ukrainian capital.

And AC Milan went through as the 2nd best team in Group C, after their 3-1 win in Anderlect. 


Staying with football, 

And following news of the possible return of Thierry Henry to Arsenal on a short term loan in January, another former star striker has now indicated his desire to return to the 
Premier League. 

Talks are ongoing over a deal that could see Didier Drogba return to Chelsea on loan from Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua. 

Since the Chinese Super League season is already over, the Ivory Coast international wants to stay fit to prepare for the upcoming African Nations Cup 

34 year old Drogba has asked FIFA for permission to move outside the transfer window. 

Chelsea are presently short of attacking options with Fernando Torres out of form and Daniel Sturridge injured. 

Having signed a 2-and-a-half season deal with the Chinese club, the former Blues hitman is also being sought after by EPL rivals, Liverpool.