Monaco 0 Arsenal 2 (3-3 agg): Giroud and Ramsey goals not enough

Monaco 0 Arsenal 2 (3-3 agg): Giroud and Ramsey goals not enough

Monaco survived a real scare before reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as a 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal on Tuesday saw them advance on away goals.

Leonardo Jardim’s side had done most of the hard work in this last-16 tie in the away leg three weeks ago, leaving the Emirates Stadium with a 3-1 victory.

But they were pressed back for much of the encounter at Stade Louis II, and fell behind in the first half when Olivier Giroud swept home to give Arsenal hope.

Substitute Aaron Ramsey fired in a second with a little over 10 minutes remaining, but ultimately it was not enough for Arsene Wenger’s men.

It was a familiar story for Arsenal, who have bowed out at this stage in gallant fashion against Milan and Bayern Munich in recent years.

Wenger’s side have now exited the competition at the first knockout round in each of the last five seasons while Monaco progressed to the last eight for the first time since 2004, when they went on to reach the final.

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