Monaco 3-1 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's Sky Blues knocked out of the Champions League
Manchester City have been knocked out of the Champions League on away goals, after a 3-1 defeat away to Monaco meant a 6-6 aggregate score in the last-16 tie.
Manager Pep Guardiola named an attacking line-up for the second leg of the last-16 tie but that backfired as Monaco overturned a 5-3 deficit to win on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw.
First-half goals from Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho put the Ligue 1 leaders ahead and although Leroy Sane hit back for City, Tiemoue Bakayoko sealed victory with a header 13 minutes from time.
City were lacklustre on the night and Monaco made light of the absence of Radamel Falcao, scorer of two goals in the pulsating first leg, with a hip injury.
Guardiola perhaps got his selection wrong by naming the in-form Yaya Toure on the bench. With Fernandinho the only specialist central midfielder on the field, City were unable to make any impression in that area and Monaco came at them in waves.
That early pressure was quickly rewarded as Mbappe, who had already forced Willy Caballero to make one save, opened the scoring in the eighth minute. City's defence were cut open as Benjamin Mendy drove in a ball from the left and Mbappe turned in with ruthless efficiency.
Mbappe thought he had claimed a second soon after but his powerful low strike was ruled out for offside.
City struggled to gain possession, made little use of the ball they did get and failed to repel Monaco's continual raids.
It came as no surprise when they struck again to level the tie just before the half-hour mark. Mbappe again cut the defence open on the left before Mendy crossed and Fabinho made no mistake with a first-time finish.
City's attacks were few and far between and those they did piece together fizzled out before they reached the box.
It was not until the second half that they started to assert themselves in any way and finally get the previously isolated Sergio Aguero into the game.
Seemingly out of nowhere, a hat-trick of chances came the Argentinian's way in quick succession but he was unable to take any of them.
He could not be blamed the for the first as Andrea Raggi produced a superb challenge to pinch the ball from his toes as he lined up a shot from Raheem Sterling's pull-back.
But the striker blazed over moments later following a lightning break by Sane and he was denied by a fine save from Danijel Subasic after smart turn by David Silva.
It did seem, however, that the tide had turned and Monaco were maybe starting to feel the pace after such a high-energy start.
Sane took advantage to put City back ahead on aggregate when he pounced from close range after Subasic palmed out a shot from Sterling with 71 minutes gone.
Yet that good work was quickly undone when poor set-piece marking allowed Bakayoko to thump home a header from a Thomas Lemar free-kick.
City's hopes drained away and the Stade Louis II, a venue not renowned for its atmosphere, was rocking as the final whistle sounded.A Twitter List by BelTel
Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City to attack tonight after warning attempts to sit on their lead against Monaco will end in defeat.
City carry a 5-3 aggregate lead into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against the Ligue 1 leaders after a pulsating clash between the two attack-minded sides in Manchester last month.
Manager Guardiola admitted after the first leg his side were unlikely to be able to contain Monaco at Stade Louis II and he maintains attack will be their best form of defence.
Monaco have scored 123 goals in all competitions this season and their loss to City at the Etihad Stadium was their only reverse in 17 games since mid-December.
Guardiola said: "Taking the ball and attacking as much as possible is the only way I know to beat this type of team.
"If one team scores 124 goals (actually 123) and you are thinking about only defending for 90 minutes because we won one game 5-3, you kill yourself.
"Monaco are a team created to attack and our team is created to attack, or at least to score goals, so in that way it will be a great game. I invite people to come here and see a good game."
Opposite number Leonardo Jardim also anticipates another end-to-end encounter.
The Portuguese said: "I think the two teams will attack and we can expect a lot of goals.
"We know we have to score at least two more but I think the individual quality of the City players is so dangerous they can score at any moment. So, to qualify I think we will need to score at least three goals."
City right-back Bacary Sagna admits the defences are likely to have their work cut out.
City's oft-maligned back line has actually performed well of late, keeping seven clean sheets in their last 10 games, but it seems Wednesday night may not see that statistic improve.
Sagna said: "As a defender, it is never pleasing to concede goals. I was upset after the first leg that we conceded three goals.
"I cannot be happy with that but it shows the spirit of Monaco. They create a lot of chances to score goals and they have a lot of quality.
"They will try to attack and score goals. It will be a big game. It will be exciting, as the first leg was."
Monaco are hoping Radamel Falcao, who scored two goals in the first leg and has 21 for the season, can prove his fitness after suffering a hip injury at the weekend.
Jardim said: "He is feeling better now but we are not sure yet."
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