Thursday, 16 March 2017
UEFA League: Monaco send Man City out, Atletico stroll
Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League on away goals at the last-16 stage after Monaco’s second-leg victory sealed a thrilling tie at Stade Louis II.
Having fallen 5-3 behind in Manchester, Monaco dominated the first half and opened the scoring through teenager Kylian Mbappe’s poked finish from close range from Bernardo Silva’s drilled cross.
Mbappe had a goal ruled out for offside and Valere Germain struck narrowly over, before the Ligue 1 side deservedly doubled their advantage on the night via Fabinho’s well-taken strike from inside the area.
City failed to muster any sort of shot in the opening 45 minutes and it took until the 65th minute for Sergio Aguero to force goalkeeper Danijel Subasic into a sharp save.
They forced their way back into the game as Leroy Sane swept in after Subasic parried Raheem Sterling’s low strike – only for the hosts to hit back quickly through Tiemoue Bakayoko’s header 12 minutes from time.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid sealed their place in the last eight of the Champions League courtesy of a professional second-leg display against Bayer Leverkusen.
Leading 4-2 from the first leg, the Spanish side were largely unflustered as they held the German side at bay.
However, home keeper Jan Oblak did make two superb saves in quick succession to deny Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland, reports the BBC.
Bayer keeper Bernd Leno produced two excellent stops of his own to tip away Angel Correa and Koke shots.
Last season’s runners-up Atletico are the third Spanish side through to the quarter-finals, along with Barcelona and holders Real Madrid.
However, victory means Monaco join last year’s runners-up Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Leicester City and holders Real Madrid in Friday’s quarter-final draw.