Athletic and Sporting end Manchester's Europa League run

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    • Manchester United beaten 5-3 on aggregate in Europa League last-16 tie with Athletic Bilbao
    • Manchester City go out on away goals to Sporting Lisbon after a pulsating tie at Etihad Stadium
    Athletic Bilbao sent Manchester United crashing out of the Europa League on Thursday with a 2-1 win in the second leg of their last-16 tie at the San Mames Stadium.
    Fernando Llorente put the home side in front in the 24th minute with a stunning right-foot volley before Oscar de Marcos doubled the lead 20 minutes into the second half.
    In between Athletic dominated possession, squandering a host of chances to put the tie well beyond the reach of United.
    Wayne Rooney's 80th-minute strike offered United's traveling fans a glimmer of hope that a famous fightback might be mounted but it never materialized as the home side cantered to a 5-3 aggregate win.
    "The team played a memorable game," said goalscorer Llorente.
    "I don't know if it's my greatest moment with the club. But it's the first time that we've gone past the last 16 in the Europa League, and that's incredible," the Spanish striker added.
    Manchester City looked to be heading for an equally humbling defeat before almost staging an incredible comeback against Portugal's Sporting Lisbon at the Etihad Stadium.
    Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Roberto Mancini's side conceded two first-half goals.
    A sublime free kick from Chile international Matias Fernandez in the 24th minute stunned home fans and then Ricky van Wolfswinkel converted Marat Izmailov's cross to make it 2-0 five minutes before the break.
    At 3-0 down on aggregate City looked dead and buried but somehow managed to claw their way back into the tie.
    Sergio Aguero fired home on the hour mark before Mario Balotelli provided a cool finish from the penalty spot 15 minutes lat