Manchester City’s defensive frailties cost them as they crashed out of the Champions League with a 3-1 defeat at Monaco.
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.
Tweet of the Match
Star Man – Kylian Mbappe
It is easy to see why the 18-year-old is so highly rated and being compared to Thierry Henry. The forward has lightning pace and used it to great effect in the first half, tearing City apart. He could have had a hat-trick inside the opening 20 minutes. His early goal set up Monaco for a famous victory.
Moment of the match
It seemed Monaco were tiring in the second half and after Leroy Sane struck to put City back ahead on aggregate the game could have run away from them. That changed as Bakayoko rose to power home the decisive header from a Thomas Lemar free-kick. It sparked jubilant celebrations that were repeated after the final whistle.
View from the bench
City manager Pep Guardiola will face scrutiny of his selection after leaving Yaya Toure on the bench and fielding such an attacking side. Guardiola had said attack would be the best form of defence but, without Toure dictating play in midfield, City did not have a platform from which to build. Consequently they were overrun. Opposite number Leonardo Jardim really had no alternative but to attack and, even without the injured Radamel Falcao, his selection paid off handsomely.
RatingsManchester City: Willy Caballero 6, Bacary Sagna 5, John Stones 6, Aleksandar Kolarov 5, Gael Clichy 5, Fernandinho 5, Raheem Sterling 6, Kevin De Bruyne 6, David Silva 6, Leroy Sane 7, Sergio Aguero 6. Substitutes: Kelechi Iheanacho (for Clichy) 5.Monaco: Danijel Subasic 7, Djibril Sidibe 7, Andrea Raggi 7, Jemerson 6, Benjamin Mendy 7, Fabinho 7, Tiemoue Bakayoko 7, Thomas Lemar 8, Bernardo Silva 8, Valere Germain 7, Kylian Mbappe 9. Substitutes: Almany Toure (for Raggi) 6, Joao Moutinho (for Mbappe) 6, Nabil Dirar (for Germain) 5.
Who’s up next?
Manchester City v Liverpool (Premier League, March 19)
Caen v Monaco (Ligue 1, March 19)