After letting a lead slip in their first leg in Manchester, AS Monaco fought back for a place in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 second leg victory over Manchester City on Wednesday.
Even without star stiker Radamel Falcao due to injury, Leonardo Jardim’s side started off excellent at the Stade Louis II, as 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe rifled home after eight minutes for a 1-0 lead. It was the teenager’s second goal in the Round of 16 after scoring Monaco’s opener at the Etihad three weeks ago. The strong start for Monaco continued as Fabinho slotted home Benjamin Mendy’s cross from close range in the 29th minute for a 2-0 lead.
Manchester City squandered numerous chances in the second half as Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling saw efforts saved by Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic. Leroy Sane put Manchester City back in front on aggregate as he tucked away Sterling’s rebound in the 71st minute.
However, Tiemoue Bakayoko’s 77th minute header gave Monaco the lead on away-goals as the aggregate stood at 6-6. Manchester City failed to record another shot-on-goal as Monaco advanced to their first quarterfinal appearance since 2014-15.
ATLETICO ADVANCE PAST LEVERKUSEN DESPITE HOME DRAW
Thanks to a 4-2 road victory in their first leg at the BayArena three weeks ago, Atletico Madrid held off a strong Bayer Leverkusen attack in Wednesday’s scoreless second leg to advance to the quarterfinals.
Despite, zero shots-on-goal for the visitors in the first half, Tayfun Korkut’s side came out swinging in the second half. Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland saw their offensive efforts just after the hour mark saved by Jan Oblak, while Karim Bellarabi and Leon Bailey came closest to putting the visitors on the board.
Oblak earned Man of the Match honors for making six saves in the home clean sheet for Diego Simeone’s side who are heading to their fourth consecutive quarterfinal appearance. The bright spot for Leverkusen was keeper Bernt Leno who made four saves in the defeat.
With the elite eight set for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, you can catch the draw on Friday, March 17t on Fox Sports 1.