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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Pep out of step as Monaco send City packing

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Monaco stunned Manchester City to reach the Champions League quarter-finals last night, overturning a two-goal first-leg deficit with a 3-1 victory in a pulsating clash to go through on away goals.

French prodigy Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko scored for Monaco on a memorable European night for the principality club, who underlined their growing status as one of the continent's most exciting sides.

City, who won the first leg 5-3, were completely overwhelmed in the first half and fell two goals behind, but reacted after the break and Leroy Sane reduced the arrears as Monaco, who were without the injured Radamel Falcao, seemed to run out of steam.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak was the hero as they reached the quarter-final for the fourth year in a row after drawing 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen.

Oblak made an outstanding triple save to deny Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland in the second half and he made further impressive stops late in the game to secure a 4-2 aggregate success.

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