Monaco hosted Man City in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. In a nearly unbelievable twist of fate, the French side struck late to eliminate the mighty visitors. Yes, read it again: The mighty Man City-Goliath was eliminated by the puny Monaco-David!
Trailing 5-3 from the first leg, the host scored early, courtesy of Mbappe and Fabinho, but Sane leveled the terms once again for City. The sigh f relief was short lived as Bakayoko netted the final goal of the evening to give Monaco the ultimate advantage. The match ended 6-6 on aggregate, the second highest knock-out game in the competition’s history.
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This was Pep Guardiola’s 100th game as a manager in the UEFA club competition. Many have criticized Pep Guardiola and his tactics, and this elimination will not make things easier for him. Anyhow, that’s a never ending debate, but indubitable in the fact that Monaco were brilliant. This is the first time Pep Guardiola has been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at this stage.
Monaco have made it to the quarter finals for the second time in three seasons and both occasions saw them upset an English opponent.
Monaco started the game with their eyes set on the next stage despite trailing 5-3. The home side took only 29 minutes to recover from the deficit and were able to reshaped the score line in their favor by the half time. Man City was miserably failing in the first 45 minutes and wasn’t able to create any appealing chances before the interval. However, the visitors came back strong, and Lorey Sane swiped a low pass from Raheem Sterling to give Man City a lead on aggregate.
At this point, Man City was only 13 minutes away from a remarkable win but the defense couldn’t hold out. Tiemoué Bakayoko scored the third goal for Monaco in the 77th minute to settle the tie. The final score line was 6-6, and Monaco were able to advance on away-goals. A remarkable performance indeed!
Man City’s sluggish start to the game allowed the Ligue 1 side to take an early advantage. Monaco has scored 123 goals so far this season, and it seems like they learned their lesson to find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes. Last season’s semi-finalist forced their way back into the game, but it wasn’t enough. Man City’s defeat leaves Leicester City as the only Premier League side to advance into the last eight.
In the last Round of 16 encounters, the ruthless Atletico Madrid held off Bayern Leverkusen to close the doors on the German side. The quarter-final draw is scheduled for Friday.