AS Monaco advanced to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on the away goals rule after defeating Manchester City 3-1 in their second leg on Wednesday evening.
City came into the encounter having secured a 5-3 win in the first leg at the Etihad two weeks ago.
Pep Guardiola opted start Yaya Toure on the bench and went for an attacking by playing David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and only one holding midfielder.
The home side broke the deadlock after eight minutes when Bernard Silva’s low cross was turned home by Kylian Mbappe.
City, meanwhile, really struggled in the opening 20 minutes. They spent most time defending, while they were sloppy in possession of the ball.
The French side doubled their lead in the 29th minute when Benjamin Mendy did well to pick out Fabinho, who side-footed home from close range, 2-0.
Guardiola’s charges continued in the same fashion for the rest of the second half, as they went into the break trailing.
City should have broken the deadlock after 62 minutes, as Leroy Sane picked out Sergio Aguero, who blazed over from six-yards out.
The visitors eventually pulled goal back in the 70th minute when Sane fired into an empty net, after Subasic could only parry Raheem Sterling’s effort.
However, Monaco restored their two-goal advantage in the 77th minute, as Tiemoué Bakayoko glanced home a fine header to make it 6-6 on aggregate.
Guardiola’s charges pushed for a second goal that would see them advance, but Monaco managed to hold out till the full-time to book their spot in the last 16 on the away goals rule. – Africa Sports24.