Manchester City were celebrating last night after they eased to a 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund to avoid Europa League qualification.
City nerves were kept jangling until Julian Schieber popped up with the vital goal after 57 minutes to ensure Roberto Mancini's men wouldn't have to play on Thursday nights for a second successive season.
"I never gave up hope of avoiding the Europa League," said a delighted Roberto Mancini. "I was sure we could do it and now we can concentrate on the Premier League safe in the knowledge that we won't have to play Genk at 6pm on ITV4, just after a repeat of Minder has finished."
Meanwhile, UEFA President Michel Platini has floated plans to revive the Europa League by allowing losers from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern quarter-finals to enter at the seventh group stage.
DISCLAIMER: Like the Europa League, this report is merely a joke