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Manchester City, Liverpool Lose to Kiev, Braga in Europa League

March 11 (Bloomberg) -- Manchester City lost 2-0 to Dynamo Kiev in the opening game of their Europa League round of 16 tie, while English Premier League rival Liverpool was handed a 1-0 defeat at Braga.

Andriy Shevchenko and Oleg Gusev scored the goals to give Dynamo Kiev the home win last night over City, the U.K. bookmakers’ favorite to win European soccer’s second-tier club competition.

“I’m frustrated,” City manager Roberto Mancini told ITV. “We made two big mistakes and they were both goals.”

Three-time champion Liverpool lost in Portugal on a penalty kick from Braga midfielder Alan. Porto, the second favorite, won 1-0 at CSKA Moscow and Villarreal scored late to secure a 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Benfica beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1, FC Twente won 3-0 over 2008 champion Zenit St. Petersburg, Spartak Moscow defeated Ajax 1-0 and Rangers drew 0-0 with PSV Eindhoven. The return matches in the two-game series will be played March 17.

Shevchenko opened the scoring in the 25th minute in Ukraine by heading in a cross from Andriy Yarmolenko. It was the 65th goal in European competition for the former AC Milan and Chelsea striker, ranking him third behind Raul Gonzalez and Filippo Inzaghi.

Dynamo then clinched the victory with 13 minutes as Gusev gathered in a poor clearance and fired in a shot from eight yards (7.3 meters) out.

Liverpool Streak Ends

Braga ended Liverpool’s 13-match unbeaten run in Europe as Alan converted from the spot in the 18th minute after Sotirios Kyrgiakos’s foul on Mossoro.

“You don’t know if it’s a good or bad result until the second leg is over, so we will have to wait and see,” Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said on the club’s website.

Fredy Guarin’s goal in the 70th minute gave Porto the victory in Moscow against CSKA, as the 2003 champion took the advantage over the 2005 winner. Nilmar came off the bench to score two goals, including the winner in injury time, as Villarreal beat Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.

Benfica rallied for the home win over PSG on goals from Maxi Pereira and Franco Jara, while two headed goals from Luuk de Jong lifted FC Twente past Zenit in the Netherlands.

Alex’s second-half goal gave Spartak Moscow the win at 1992 champion Ajax, while PSV, which won the competition in 1978, couldn’t capitalize on a 15-4 shot advantage in the scoreless draw with Rangers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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