Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leicester City stand alone as Manchester City are bundled out of Champions League

Leicester City are the only English  side remaining in the UEFA Champions League as fellow premier league side Manchester City were knocked out of the competition with Monaco scoring late to seal a thrilling away-goals victory, which ended 6-6 on aggregate.

Interestingly Manchester City were 13 minutes from a place in the quarter-finals after clawing themselves back into a second leg their hosts had dominated, but slack marking from a set-piece allowed Tiemoue Bakayoko to head home the decisive goal.

This is the first time in manager Pep Guardiola's career that he has gone out at the round of 16 despite winning the competition twice in his time at Barcelona.

Monaco lost 5-3 in an extraordinary first leg in Manchester but dominated the first half at the Stade Louis II and opened the scoring through the excellent Kylian Mbappe's poked finish from close range.

The Ligue 1 side, who had scored 123 goals so far this season, deservedly doubled their advantage on the night, punishing City's sluggish start through Fabinho's crisp strike.

City failed to muster any sort of shot in the opening 45 minutes and it took until the 65th minute for Sergio Aguero to call goalkeeper Danijel Subasic into a sharp save.

They forced their way into the game - and back into the aggregate lead - as Leroy Sane swept in when Subasic parried Raheem Sterling's low strike, but their defence could not hold out.

Monaco join the Premier League defending champion's Leicester, holders Real Madrid, last year's runners-up Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus in Friday's draw.

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