Aggregate scores: Monaco 6-6 Manchester City, Atletico Madrid 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen
A free scoring second leg was on offer and that is exactly what we got. Manchester City were lacklustre in the first half and Monaco took full advantage of it, sweeping away City’s two-goal advantage. But the sky-blues staged a comeback of sorts in the second half and Leroy Sane, momentarily gave them the goal that put them through to the quarter finals. But in the end, it was a set piece routine that got the better of City and Bakayoko scored his first ever European goal to put his team through to the quarter finals.
At the Calderon, Leverkusen did threaten Atletico Madrid on multiple occasions but Simeone’s side kept their nerve and defended bravely while creating multiple chances for themselves on the other side. It turned out to be a bit of a stroll for Atletico as they go into their third consecutive Champions League quarter finals.
0305 hrs IST: FULL TIME!! Manchester City knocked out of the Champions League, Monaco through with the craziest of scorelines. 6-6 the score in the end on aggregate and Monaco, despite a lacklustre second half, they are through to the quarter finals.
0304 hrs IST: A free kick for City taken by De Bruyne goes straight to Subosic.
0300 hrs IST: Three minutes of stoppage time added on, Manchester City need one goal to confirm a place in the quarter finals. What a match this has been. Can City do a Barcelona?
0252 hrs IST: Well this is an interesting decision. Mbappe has been taken off for Monaco and Joao Moutinho is brought on. With that, goes the pace and the threat that Mbappe holds and Monaco are clearly looking to guard the away goal advantage they have.
0248 hrs IST: GOAL!! Bakayoko (76′), Monaco 3-1 Manchester City. A lovely free kick from Lemar and Bakayoko, who like Sterling is suspended for the next match, nods it in. Monaco are back with the advantage and this is one that City will find difficult to overturn. A big, big goal.
0246 hrs IST: Raheem Sterling gets a yellow card for a rash challenge on Bernardo Silva. If City go through, Sterling misses the quarter finals.
0242 hrs IST: GOAL!! Leroy Sane (69′) Monaco 2-1 Manchester City. And finally they reap the reward. A lovely long pass from De Bruyne and Sterling does an even better job controlling it, cuts inside and takes a shot, Subosic parries it but it goes straight to Sane who only has to put into the empty goal. Advantage Manchester City.
0240 hrs IST: Aguero twists and turns inside the box and manages to go clear of two defenders. Subosic commits himself and kicks the ball. away. What Caballero was facing in the second half, Subosic is now. The latter has done a better job so far.
0238 hrs IST: Leroy Sane this time, gets into the box from the left and puts in a shot from a difficult angle. It hits the side netting.
0236 hrs IST: Manchester City asking some big questions now. Silva puts Aguero clear on goal. The latter takes the shot and it is saved brilliantly by Subasic.
0233 hrs IST: Another biggie missed by City. Leroy Sane runs into space down the flanks, skips past one defender and draws the keeper. He then puts it to Aguero but the pass had too much pace on it and Aguero catches with the outside of his boot. It goes high above the cross bar.
0228 hrs IST: And that was a big chance for City. De Bruyne puts Sterling who makes his way into the box and takes sometime deciding wether to shoot or pass it to Aguero who was in the center. He takes a second too long before he passes it and it is cleared by Monaco. Manchester City looking much better now.
0226 hrs IST: Sterling puts in a lovely pass into the box for Silva but it’s just behind him. City are trying to find their feet but giving the ball away too many times.
0220 hrs IST: David Silva puts Fernandinho in and the Brazilian runs into the box. He is kept out by Fabinho who does well. Lively start from Manchester City.
0218 hrs IST: At the Calderon, Wendell gave the ball away cheaply to Antoine Griezmann who tried a shot from 18 yards. Atletico have been solid in the first half and look to play the second half in similar vein.
0214 hrs IST: The teams walk out on to the pitch, Monaco with a spring in their steps, Manchester City with some weight on them.
0200 hrs IST: HALF TIME!! Monaco 2-0 Manchester City, Atletico Madrid 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen. Manchester City are looking as nervous as their manager on the touchline. Monaco have been on the attack right from the word go. Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva and Kylian Mbappe have been stifling the City defence and the away side’s attackers are not doing their team mates at the back any favours by giving the ball away so cheaply. City are still in the match though, they just need to score a goal to make sure they win the fixture but they have just not looked like they could do anything near the Monaco goal post in the first half.
0158 hrs IST: Bayer Leverkusen have picked themselves up but Atletico Madrid are so good that they keep catching them on the backfoot.
0153 hrs IST: Bernardo Silva’s backheel finds Lemar who draws Caballero out. He then puts a ball in but no Monaco player could head it into the unguarded Manchester City goal.
0149 hrs IST: Caballero punches away a dangerous looking free kick whipped in from the right flank. Quite a few Monaco heads were around it.
0143 hrs IST: GOAL!! Fabinho (28′) Monaco 2-0 Manchester City. As it stands, Monaco are through to the quarter finals. Mency whips in a wonder full ball from the flanks to the onrushing Fabinho. He meets it in the box and puts it in. Monaco have just swept away Manchester City’s two-goal advantage within the first 40 minutes.
0137 hrs IST: Manchester City looking shaky whenever they lose the ball which is happening quite often. Even someone as Kevin De Bruyne was guilty of giving the ball away cheaply.
0135 hrs IST: Atletico Madrid dominating Leverkusen at the Calderon but they had a slight scare when Correa’s shot was blocked and it sparked a counter from Leverkusen. Brandt was at the end of a ball from Hernandez but Jan Oblak did the necessary to keep him out.
0130 hrs IST: Mbappe causing all sorts of problems Manchester City. He scored another but was flagged offside. Guardiola prowling the touchline anxiously.
0122 hrs IST: GOAL!! Mbappe (7′) Monaco 1-0 Manchester City. Just the sort of start Monaco needed. Monaco have pressed City hard in the early minutes and have reaped the fruits. Caballero was forced into a brilliant save just a few seconds earlier but there was nothing he could do in this case
0115 hrs IST: Monaco kick off the first half attacking from right to left.
0100 hrs IST: These two fixtures will be the last from the Round of 16 stage for this year’s UEFA Champions League. Here are the aggregate results from the previous games:
Barcelona 6-5 PSG (4-0, 6-1) Bayern Munich 10-2 Arsenal (5-1, 5-1)
Real Madrid 6-2 Napoli (3-1, 3-1) Juventus 3-0 Porto (2-0, 1-0)
Leicester City 3-2 Sevilla (2-1, 2-0) Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Benfica (1-0, 4-0)
0051 hrs IST: Team News:
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0008 hrs IST: It was a cracker of a match that preludes the second leg of Manchester City’s clash with Monaco but the man who spearheaded the French Ligue 1 table toppers’ bit to scoring that many goals face a stiff test ahead of the home leg. Radamel Falcao, who seems to be a player reborn in this season for Monaco, won’t be starting but is on the bench. That might be good news for Monaco though, as the Colombian striker was doubtful for the fixture after sustaining an injury during Monaco’s 2-1 win over Bordeaux on Saturday. Manchester City, though, have no such worries with injuries and Pep Guardiola has gone with an attacking line up for the match.
Manchester City and Monaco face each other at the Stade Lois II for the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash. The match is poised 5-3 in Manchester City’s favour but Monaco managed to score three away goals in a breathless encounter at the Etihad Stadium. It means that if they managed to tuck in two on Wednesday against Manchester City, they will be through to the quarter finals. Both clubs have no dearth of attacking attacking talent but the same can’t be said about their defence which means another goal fest might be in order in the Champions League.
The other match is between Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen at the Vicente Calderon. Atletico lead the fixture 4-2 with all four being away goals. Just one more would be enough for them to put this match out of Leverkusen’s reach.