Manchester United and Manchester City crashed out of the UEFA Champions League today as French side Lyon achieved a seven-goal miracle to reach the last 16.
United, the European champions in 1968, 1999 and 2008, slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat at Basel, a loss which allowed the Swiss champions to go through from Group C with Benfica. City defeated Group A winners Bayern Munich 2-0, but lost out on a last 16 spot when Napoli saw off pointless Villarreal 2-0 in Spain.
It was only the third time in 16 years that Sir Alex Ferguson's United had crashed at the group phase with Wednesday's shocker coming six years to the day since they last bade farewell at the first round, following a 2-1 loss at Benfica.
Despite needing just a point to go through, last year's beaten finalists were undone by goals in each half from Marco Streller and Alexander Frei which condemned Ferguson's men to their first away defeat in the opening round in five years.
Phil Jones' late goal gave them a slim glimmer of hope, but Basel soaked up waves of United pressure - and rode their luck - to book their place in the last 16 for the first time since 2002-03. For United, who have played in three of the last four finals, there is the unwelcome consolation of the UEFA Europa League.
Defeat only added to striker Wayne Rooney's problems, with the loss coming a day before he appeals against a three-match which could rule him out of UEFA EURO 2012.
"Of course we're disappointed, there's no other way you can feel," said a crestfallen Sir Alex Ferguson, whose side could now cross paths with arch rivals Manchester City in the Europa League. "It's part of football. You have to deal with the disappointment, and this club has used it as motivation many times.
"These young players will feel disappointed tonight but they'll have to cope with it and go on with their careers," he said. "Our results in the last few years have been outstanding. It's a loss because it's the best tournament in the world. It's a marvellous tournament."
Basel coach Heiko Vogel, who only took over from Thorsten Fink in October, was overjoyed. "It's a sensation, yes, because it's not every day you beat Manchester United," he said.
In a double dose of Mancunian misery, City also exited the tournament despite David Silva and Yaya Toure giving them a 2-0 win over a Bayern Munich side weakened by a dose of flu which had spread through the German squad. English Premier League leaders City went into the match knowing the only way they could progress was to beat Bayern, who had already finished top of Group A, and for Napoli to fail to beat Villarreal.
Silva opened the scoring shortly before half-time at Eastlands and Toure scored a second just after the start of the second period. But Napoli's 2-0 victory at Villarreal means Roberto Mancini's team will now have to combine their push for the Premier League title with a place in the Europa League. Ultimately, their defeats at Bayern and Napoli earlier in the group stage proved costly to their hopes of extending their first Champions League campaign.
"Usually, with 10 points all the teams go through, always, 99 per cent," said Mancini. "This was a very strange group, it was a difficult group."
Napoli's victory put them in the last 16 for the first time in 21 years when Diego Maradona was still playing for them.
A miracle for Lyon
Lyon pulled off the night's most remarkable result when they defeated 10-man Dinamo Zagreb 7-1 to sneak into the last 16 at the expense of Ajax. The French side went into their final Group D game three points behind Ajax and needing to make up a goal difference of seven if they were to reach the knockout rounds.
French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis was the star of the show, scoring four goals, including the fastest-ever Champions League hat-trick, as Lyon took second place in the group.
"It's fabulous," said Lyon coach Remi Garde. "The second half was incredible. It's difficult to believe that we could score three or four goals in such little time."
Real Madrid, who had already made sure of top spot, downed Ajax 3-0 in Amsterdam to become only the fifth team in the history of the tournament to go through to the next round with a perfect record.
CSKA Moscow sneaked into the knock-out stages as Vasili Berezutsky scored three minutes from time to give the Russians a 2-1 victory at already-qualified Inter Milan in Group B. With Trabzonspor holding Lille to a goalless draw in France, CSKA leap-frogged the pair to remain in Europe's premier club competition. Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia had given the visitors the lead before Esteban Cambiasso equalised but Berezutsky had the last word.
The last 16 draw, which takes place on 16 December, will feature Bayern Munich, Napoli, Inter Milan, CSKA Moscow, Benfica, Basel, Real Madrid, Lyon, Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal, Marseille, APOEL Nicosia, Zenit St. Petersburg, champions Barcelona and AC Milan.