Ever since the announcement of the clash between two of the most in-form teams in European football in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions league, excited anticipation has been steadily building among the international football community. After a thrilling first leg, this anticipation is at a peak as fans look ahead to the second leg of the fixture, which is to be held in Monaco mid-way through March.
Video Credits: Man City
The First Leg
Despite controlling the vast majority of Tuesday’s Champions league tie against Manchester City, AS Monaco failed to convert their dominance. Yet, with eight goals, a missed penalty, and some world-class finishing thrown in for good measure, even the Monégasque fans won’t be too disappointed with the display of football. This was truly one of the greatest games in Champions League history.
The star-studded line-ups of both teams read like something of a football ‘who’s who’ when it was announced prior to kick-off. Silva, Falcao, Bakayoko, Aguero, De Bruyne, Toure and Sane were just some of the internationally renowned players that made appearances, and they certainly lived up to the billing.
Video Credits: Man City
AS Monaco dominated the opening proceedings and were 3-2 up after the hour mark thanks to two goals from Colombian talisman Falaco, the second of which was an audacious chip that had both sets of supporters applauding on their feet.
However, the same player missed a penalty on 50 minutes, which would have put the red and whites 3-1 up and all but secured the win. Yet Aguero had other ideas. The diminutive Argentinian was in fine form, scoring two goals himself and creating numerous opportunities for his teammates, as the AS Monaco backline struggled to cope.
Despite the Principality side’s late collapse, only the most sceptical of fans would deny that they have a chance of winning the second leg. Indeed, Man City manager, Pep Guardiola, said after the game: “if one team can score a thousand-million goals, it’s Monaco”.
The Second Leg – 15th March
The second showdown between these two giants of European football will take place on 15th March at Stade Louis II at 8:45pm. If they do not concede, AS Monaco require two goals to clinch the tie. Tickets for the match are still available from €70 per person.
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Video Credits: AS MONACO
Visiting fans will be in for a treat when they come to the Cote d’Azur, for there is plenty to keep them occupied outside of the 90 minutes. The decadent Casino de Monte-Carlo is world famous and a fantastic place to while away the hours. There is also a spectacular cathedral to visit, which is famous for the tombs of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier, as well as its stunning views. Not to mention the array of world-class restaurants serving up some of the finest cuisine in the Mediterranean.
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Visiting fans should be aware that hotels for the second leg of the Champions League game will be booked in advance, and rooms that are available will be charged at a premium rate.
Major sporting events are not unusual on Monaco’s cultural calendar. In addition to football, the Principality enjoys the annual Monaco Grand Prix, which is one of the most exhilarating automotive races in the world; the Rolex Tennis Masters; competitive sailing; and international showjumping. In 2016, Monaco also hosted the World Rowing Coastal Championships. Indeed, the luxury property for sale in Monaco offers the promise of a life better led, in a safe, sunny and stimulating environment.