Monaco ends Man City Race in the Champions League

Manchester City crashed out of the Champions League on away goals after a 3-1 defeat (6-6 on aggregate) to Monaco in their last-16 second leg on Wednesday.

A desperate first-half display at the Stade Louis II saw the visitors squander their two-goal first-leg advantage earned from a 5-3 win at the Etihad two weeks ago.

Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho gave the hosts a deserved 2-0 lead as City struggled to cope with Monaco's attacking brilliance.

The City head coach, taking charge of his 100th Champions League game, made good on his pre-match promise to field an attacking line-up but watched on as his side were completely outclassed in the first half.

Monaco shrugged off the absence of Radamel Falcao, who scored twice at the Etihad but was unavailable on Wednesday due to a hip injury, to take the lead through the lively Mbappe.

Willy Caballero smartly saved from the 18-year-old forward after just seven minutes but City failed to heed the warning and fell behind when he poked home from Bernardo Silva's cross.

It was Mbappe's 11th goal in his last 11 appearances in all competitions and another reminder of his considerable potential.

The assistant referee's flag correctly denied him a second a few minutes later but it was only a matter of time before Monaco made their pressure count again.

Guardiola gets it wrong

Having gained a two-goal advantage at home, City boss Pep Guardiola had vowed his side would go on the attack in order to finish the job.

But while the Spanish coach can boast the best record of any manager in Europe after 100 games, he opted to start with only Fernandinho in the middle of the park against the aggressive and youthful French side.

Five attack-minded players were deployed in front of the Brazilian midfielder, while Yaya Toure was left on the bench, and it proved a costly move as City were overrun by sharper opponents.

Although they pulled a goal back on the night through Sane - putting them briefly back in front in the tie - the English side never recovered from their poor first-half showing.

The City boss made some unwelcome history in France as his side became the first team to be eliminated in a Champions League knockout tie after scoring five goals in the first leg.

French youngsters show their class

The Ligue 1 leaders were missing star striker Radamel Falcao, who had failed so spectacularly in England with loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea.

But the home side took the game to City, allowing them little time and space on the ball, forcing errors and taking their chances superbly. Although they began to tire in the second half, the 2004 runners-up managed to edge through.

Eighteen-year-old striker Mbappe - who has earned comparisons to retired France great Thierry Henry - found the net after just eight minutes for his 17th goal of the season, fed by the brilliant Portuguese midfielder Silva.

Benjamin Mendy caused all sorts of problems by bombing on from full-back, but man of the match Bakayoko deservedly took his side through with the winning goal.