Monaco sealed their quarter-final spot in UCL 2016/17 after clinching a 3-1 home victory against Manchester City in the return leg of round of 16. In the 6-6 aggregate scoreline, Monaco edged through the away goal advantage.
Hosts Monaco overcame the 2-goal deficit in the first leg (5-3) in the return leg with a dramatic win on Wednesday night. The French side took a 2-0 lead in the first half through the goals of Kylian Mbappe (8′) and Fabinho (29′).
Later, Leroy Sane made the aggregate lead (6-5) for Manchester City on 71 minutes. But Monaco had the last laugh with Tiemoue Bakayoko’s header on 77 minutes. With the 6-6 aggregate scoreline, Monaco qualified for the UCL 2016/17 quarter-final through the away goal advantage.
Monaco took an early lead on just 8 minutes. Beating the visiting defenders, Benjamin Mendy superbly entered inside the box and then made a close range shot which was blocked by Stones. In the returning ball, Bernardo Silva produced a great pass from close range which Mbappe pushed successfully into the goal.
On the 16 minutes, Mbappe once again netted the ball but that was cancelled due to he was correctly caught in offside. During Fabinho was raising a through ball to Mbappe, the Frenchman was just at offside position. The linesman had no hesitation to raise his flag.
Just before the first half-an-hour of the match, Monaco levelled the aggregate scoreline (5-5) through Fabinho’s goal. Taking an advantage of City’s huge defensive gap, Mendy put a good grounded cross to Fabinho who made no mistake to grab that opportunity. Fabinho’s finish entered to the net after beating the visitors’ goalie.
In the first half, Monaco was totally under control while City failed to make any shot in the hosts’ box.
In the second half, Manchester City strongly made a comeback on the field as they generated continue attacks in the Monaco’s half.
Aguero had some great chances inside the box during that ultimate half. But the Argentine made huge disappointment with his poor responses.
Aguero had the best chance on 62 minutes when Sane produced an excellent delivery to the Argentine who was very close from the goal. But shockingly, Aguero sent that over the post.
Finally, City opened their account in this match on 71 minutes. Sterling’s delivery was stopped by Subasic through stretching his hands. But at next, the ball fell in the front of unmarked Sane who comfortably finished that into the empty net.
6 minutes later, Monaco once again returned to the competition through Bakayoko’s goal. Lemar’s superb free-kick was judged well by Bakayoko before making a header to lead into the net.
After that, both teams tried to add another goal but failed to succeed. In the second half, City dominated on the pitch but failed most of the time to make a positive impact on those, which also cost them at the end.