Miracles don’t happen in life? They do happen. Champions League once again proved that nothing is impossible. We saw how Barcelona came back from 4 goals down to beat PSG and pass to the next round, and this week Monaco gave another spectacle. After losing to Man City 5-3 in the first match in Manchester, the Monegasques needed to win with an advantage of two goals and not to concede more than two goals, or to win with 3 goals advantage.
It seemed that Pep Guardiola and his experience in such competitions will leave little chance to Leonardo Jardim’s men, especially after the news confirming Falcao’s absence from the lineup. However, it was Monaco’s night yesterday as they started and finished the game in an incredible fashion.
Kylian Mbappe had a great chance to beat Willy Caballero after easily weaving through the Man City defense, but the keeper saved this attempt. However, one minute later Mbappe managed to mark his name on the scoresheet as he put the ball into the net from a close range after receiving a generous pass from Bernardo Silva.
20 minutes later, Fabinho latched another unstoppable shot. Benjamin Mendy made a precise pass deep inside the box and the Brazilian had nothing to do but to beat the goalkeeper with a low show.
As the game was closing to the final stage, tension rose and both teams tried to make fewer mistakes, with Manchester City not only aiming to score a goal and correct the situation but also trying to stop Monaco’s counter-attacks. In the 71st minute, Leroy Sane finally scored the vital goal for the English side, as he was the quickest to react to the rebound.
Nevertheless, Monaco were not prepared to surrender easily. 6 minutes after Sane’s goal, Thomas Lemar sent the free kick into the box, where Tiemoue Bakayoko peeled off his marker and headed it straight into the bottom right corner from the edge of the six-yard box.
As it turned out, Bakayoko’s goal was the last and decisive one of the match. Man City couldn’t do anything more and had to step out of the pitch heads down. Monaco earn a ticket to the quarters, joining Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Leicester City and Atletico Madrid.