Man City crash out of the Champions League
Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League after going down 3-1 at Monaco last night. The French Ligue 1 leaders struck late to seal a thrilling away-goals victory, which ended 6-6 on aggregate.
City were just 13 minutes from a place in the quarter-finals after clawing themselves back into a second leg their hosts had dominated through Leroy Sane’s 73rd minute goal, but slack marking from a set-piece allowed Tiemoue Bakayoko to head home the decisive goal to hand manager Pep Guardiola his first Champions League last 16 exit in his managerial career.
Monaco lost 5-3 in an extraordinary first leg in Manchester but dominated the first half at the Stade Louis II and opened the scoring through the excellent Kylian Mbappe’s poked finish from close range. They then doubled their advantage by punishing City’s sluggish start through Fabinho’s crisp strike.
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Monaco now join Leicester City (English Premier League’s only representative), holders Real Madrid, last season finalists Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus in tomorrow’s draw for the quarter finals.
Mourinho defends Pogba ahead of Rostov Europa clash
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has jumped to the defence of midfielder Paul Pogba over recent criticism against the Frenchman claiming they are motivated by “envy”, and those targeting the midfielder do so because they “need every coin to survive”.
“It is not his fault that some pundits are in real trouble while Paul is a multi-millionaire,” Mourinho said. “I feel that the world is losing values and I am scared about the level of envy coming in. It is not Paul’s fault that he gets 10 times the money some players did in the past,” the Portuguese added ahead of tonight’sUnited clash with Russian side Rostov in their second leg of the last 16 in the Europa League. Captain Wayne Rooney and fellow forward Anthony Martial remain sidelined but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available.
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