Champions League

Monaco 3 - Real Madrid 1

Monaco: Roma; Ibarra, Rodríguez, Givet, Evra; Cissé, Plasil; Giuly (El-Fakiri 82'), Morientes (Adebayor 85'), Rothen; Prso (Nonda 61'). 4-2-3-1.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado (Raúl Bravo 85'), Iván Helguera, Mejía, Roberto Carlos; Guti (Portillo 88'), Borja (Solari 71'); Figo, Raúl, Zidane; Ronaldo. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 35. Raúl. Curled shot into top of net after Guti dummied over Ronaldo pass.
1-1. 45. Giuly. Struck low shot wide of Casillas after Morientes headed back cross.
2-1. 48. Morientes. Got ahead of Mejía to head long Evra cross over Casillas.
3-1. 66. Giuly. Back-heel through legs of defender from Ibarra's cross.

Real Madrid are out of the Champions' League. The competition favourites failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time in five years after losing on the away goals rule to Monaco. The Spaniards were defending a 4-2 lead from the first leg, and lined up with virtually a full strength side, only missing the suspended Beckham who was replaced by Borja. Mejía was a surprise inclusion at the back after his excellent performance at the weekend, with Raúl Bravo dropping to the substitutes' bench.

The Spaniards could have scored early on when Raúl looped a header over the bar and Zidane almost caught out Roma with a clever chip from left of goal. But Morientes, anxious to prove his worth to the side who loaned him out this season, forced Casillas into a good save following a short free kick. Ten minutes before the break though Raúl latched on to a pass from Ronaldo after Guti stepped away from the ball, and curled a shot wide of the keeper to extend their lead.

At that point nobody imagined that the French side would be capable of scoring three goals to win the tie, but Giuly crashed home a long shot on the stroke of half time to level the scores on the night, and Morientes rose to head Evra's cross wide of Casillas only three minutes after the restart. Now there was only one goal in it, and midway through the second half Giuly produced a deft back-flick from Ibarra's driven cross to steer the ball through the legs of a defender and in to the net.

Suddenly Monaco were ahead, and Madrid were woken from their slumber. Queiroz brought on Solari for Borja, and Raúl thought he had scored when he headed past Roma, only for the linesman to rule it out for a borderline offside. But Deschamps team could have extended their lead when substitutes Nonda and then Adebayor both struck the post, the former with a header following a corner and the latter when he cut through a disorderly defence to shoot past Casillas. When Raúl failed to guide a long ball on target it was all over, leaving the visiting players and fans shell-shocked. It will be nothing short of a miracle if Carlos Queiroz is still in a job by the end of the week.