UCL Wednesday: Man City, Atletico nurse two-goal leads

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Two more tickets will round out the Champions League quarterfinals field on Wednesday, but can the underdogs pull off massive comebacks?

It wouldn’t exactly be Barcelona v. PSG-sized comeback, but Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen each sit with significant hurdles ahead heading into their respective second legs.

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Monaco vs. Manchester City — 3:45 p.m. EDT
Man City leads 5-3 on aggregate

If the second leg is even half as good as when these sides met at the Etihad Stadium, then we’ll certainly be in for another treat.

The Citizens exploded offensively in Manchester, with Sergio Aguero’s brace pacing the Premier League side. However, Monaco doesn’t look to be going away after picking up three crucial away goals.

Radamel Falcao will have to duplicate his first-leg brilliance, but the question is: can the French underdogs pull off the upset?

Atletico Madrid vs. Bayer Leverkusen — 3:45 p.m. EDT
Atletico leads 4-2 on aggregate

Atleti is sitting pretty as this tie shifts to Madrid. Four away goals in the first leg have given Diego Simeone’s side a massive advantage as the clubs come to the Vicente Calderon for the return fixture.

A pair of second-half finishes gave Leverkusen a glimmer of hope, but the Germans will need at least three goals to have the opportunity to reach the last eight.

In simple terms… it won’t be easy.