UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, Second-leg
Stade Louis II, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, France
Monaco progressed into UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals on away goals after overturning a 5-3 first-leg deficit to to draw 6-6 on aggregate after defeating Manchester City 3-1 in the second-leg of their Round of 16 tie at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.
First-half goals from Kylian Mbappé and Fabinho put the Principality-side ahead on the night to initially draw the Ligue 1 leaders level on aggregate before Leroy Sané’s second-half goal put the visitors ahead on aggregate. However City’s aggregate lead was short-lived as Tiemoué Bakayoko’s header 13 minutes from time ensured the Monégasque side levelled the scores once more on the night, as the first-leg away-goals from Mbappé and a brace from Radamel Falcao, who was absent from tonight’s match due to an injury, proved to be the difference against Pep Guardiola’s side, who bowed out on the night the Spaniard marked his 100th European match in-charge.
The hosts needed to overturn a two-goal deficit and were without talismanic striker Falcao as a result of an injury sustained on the weekend but they started well and had a good chance to take in the lead in the sixth minute when Mbappé was sent through on-goal, the youngster had just Willy Caballero to beat but the keeper palmed the effort behind. Monaco took the lead on the night, from the resulting-corner, which wasn’t dealt with by the visitors. After Benjamin Mendy’s cross was blocked, Bernardo Silva’s dangerous low delivery across the face of goal was tapped home by Mbappé at the near-post to reduce the deficit to a single goal on aggregate.
The Principality-side thought they had a second goal in the 15th minute when Mbappé fired home through the legs of Caballero but the flag was already up for offside.
In the 29th minute the hosts doubled their lead on the night when Mendy’s fantastic low delivery found Fabinho, who side-footed the ball home to level the aggregate scores. The goal actually gave Monaco the advantage as a result of the three away goals they scored at the Etihad.
Manchester City started the second-half in the ascendancy and they had a good chance in the 56th minute when Kevin De Bruyne wonderfully played Raheem Sterling through on-goal, he had Sergio Agüero in support but delayed the pass before his eventual attempt to find the Argentine was cut-out by Andrea Raggi, with a last-ditch interception.
Five minutes later the visitors had another good chance when Sané gets the better of Raggi to get to the by-line and pull the ball back to Agüero, but the pass has too much pace and the Argentine can only fire the bar over the bar from close-range.
Three minutes later City had another great chance to take the lead on aggregate when David Silva was played through on-goal, he managed to beat Raggi before teeing-up Agüero, who had just Danijel Subašić to beat but his effort was terrifically denied by the keeper, who smothered the strike.
Two minutes later City went close when Sané was played through on-goal, the winger had support in the form of Agüero but opted to go alone and fired an effort into the side-netting from a tight-angle under-pressure from the on-rushing Subašić.
In the 71st minute the visitors took the lead on aggregate when Sterling cut-inside to fire an effort that Subašić could only parry into the path of Sané, who fired home the rebound.
However their aggregate lead only lasted six minutes as Monaco scored their third on the night to level the scores on aggregate when a Thomas Lemar freekick was met by Bakayoko, who headed home powerfully past Caballero. The goal meant that Monaco again had the advantage on away-goals.
The result meant that Monaco progressed into the Quarter-finals of the competition whilst Manchester City bowed out on the night Pep Guardiola marked his 100th European match in-charge.