After a convincing win in the first leg, Atletico didn’t have too much to do as they just had to see out the 4-2 aggregate scoreline. A much improved Leverkusen side came out with attacking intentions as they forced Atletico keeper Jan Oblak into a number of saves in order to keep his side’s lead intact. Both sides went back and forth and traded opportunities. However, thankfully for the German side, Bernd Leno was also in good form as he managed to deny the La Liga side any opportunities to extend the lead. Atletico saw out the game in a 0-0 draw. This meant that Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid extended their perfect record in this round of the competition.
A great first leg performance and a win in Germany for Atletico Madrid was more than enough to see them advance to the Champions League 1/4 Finals. Atletico were certainly helped by the stunning performance of Jan Oblak. Leverkusen came out determined to turn this around however, sadly for them they couldn’t find a way through.
Following an awesome clash at the Etihad, expectations were high for this one after Monaco’s 5-3 loss in Manchester. City came into this tie with boss Pep Guardiola claiming his team would come out and attack in order to prevent a way back in this tie for the Ligue 1 side. It seems that Guardiola’s plans had backfired as his men were put on the backfoot early on by the home side. Youngster Kylian Mbappe, who is attracting all sorts of major interest from Europe’s footballing giants, struck in the 8th minute to make 1-0 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate. Mbappe scored a first time shot from all of six yards out to give his side the lead. Monaco scored again in the 29th minute as Fabinho made it 2-0 after a brilliant piece of play by Thomas Lemar to find Mendy who in turn picks out a perfect ball for Fabinho. With the score 5-5 on aggregate, AS Monaco would advance on away goals. Monaco went into the break leading on away goals. City scored a massive goal in the 71st minute as Leroy Sane pulled a goal back to give City a 6-5 aggregate lead. Sane capitalises after Subasic spills De Bruyne’s shot allowing him to fire into the roof of the net. As things stood, Manchester City would qualify for the 1/4 Finals. However, Monaco had other ideas as they punished City once again. Monaco scored in the 77th minute with their first real opportunity of the second half. A dangerous free kick whipped into the box by Thomas Lemar and some poor marking on City’s part allowed midfielder Tieme Bakayoko to head the ball in the back of net past Willy Caballero to even the aggregate score at 6-6. AS Monaco go through on away goals.
A great performance from Monaco in this game saw them edge past City in the end. I personally feel that the away goals rule is harsh as the object of the game in to outscore your opponent and in this instant the two teams were level after the two legs. Therefore, I feel the game should’ve continued into extra time and then if needed a penalty shootout to determine one outright winner. That being said I take nothing away from Monaco for this result, as they have been absolutely sensational over the two games and thoroughly entertaining. AS Monaco advance into the UEFA Champions League 1/4 Finals.