Monaco Shocks Manchester City to Reach Champions League Quarters

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

Here’s a list of the Champions League quarter-finalists going into the draw on Friday:

  • Atletico Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Bayern Munich
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Juventus
  • Leicester City
  • Monaco
  • Real Madrid

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.

Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, right, celebrates his side side’s 3rd goal with Kylian Mbappe. (Photo: AP)

City, who won the first leg 5-3 in Manchester, 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 seemed to run out of steam.

Bakayoko, however, headed home in the 77th minute to ensure the Ligue 1 club were celebrating at fulltime after the tie finished 6-6 over two enthralling encounters.

Leonardo Jardim's team started brightly and pressed high as Mbappe's pace forced City to sit deep. The 18-year-old then opened the scoring, turning in Silva's low cross from the left from close range after eight minutes.

City barely set foot in Monaco's half and in the 29th minute, Fabinho fired home from Benjamin Mendy's inch-perfect centre.

Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal. (Photo: AP)

The visitors, who failed to have a shot in the first half, gained some control early in the second as they played higher up the pitch and pegged their opponents back.

Andrea Raggi made a crucial interception to deny Sergio Aguero, who had been teed up by Sterling, and Subasic then produced a superb save to deny the Argentine striker in a one-on-one.

Monaco were suffering before City reduced the arrears in the 71st minute when Sterling's shot was parried by Subasic into the path of Sane, who fired into the roof of the net.

That put City in front on aggregate, but Monaco turned the tie back in their favour six minutes later when Bakayoko headed home from a Thomas Lemar free kick.

Atletico March Into Quarters as Oblak Shines

Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak makes a save during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match against Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo: AP)

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak was the hero as the Spanish side reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row after drawing 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen in an open last-16 second leg on Wednesday.

Slovenia international 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 shut out the Germans and secure a 4-2 aggregate success.

Atletico had the better of the first half and it took a top- class save from Oblak's opposite number Bernd Leno to prevent Angel Correa giving the Spaniards the lead before the break, flying to his left to tip away a goalbound shot.

Jan Oblak, Goalkeeper, Atletico Madrid It feels great for Atletico to reach the quarter-finals four years in a row, it’s very important for us and we have had to fight to get there. It hasn’t been easy at all to get this far four years in a row and I hope we continue to grow as we have done in those years.

Atletico’s Lucas Hernandez, left, Koke, 2nd left, Diego Godin, right, and Jose Maria Gimenez, 2nd right, challenge for the ball with Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez, center. (Photo: AP)

Atletico's ruthless counter-attacking in Leverkusen meant the second leg was always going to be less tense than the last time the sides met at the Vicente Calderon in 2015, when the Spaniards sneaked through to the last eight after a penalty shootout.

Playing their first European game under new coach Tayfun Korkut, Leverkusen sought an early advantage and had the chance to do so when Volland broke into the area but flashed a shot beyond the far post.

The Germans had more wayward efforts but Atletico came closer at the other end, first Koke drawing a save from Leno then Correa forcing the Germany international into action.

The most stunning intervention between the posts, however, came from Oblak who made himself big to deny Brandt before getting up immediately to dive in front of Volland's shot and blocking the German forward's follow-up.

Oblak then thwarted Karim Bellarabi on two separate occasions, keeping an exciting end-to-end spectacle goalless.