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Champions League Monaco teen Mbappe starts against Manchester City

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim sprang something of a surprise by handing a first Champions League start to 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe in Tuesday's last 16 first-leg match at Manchester City.

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Monaco's forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin reacts during the French L1 football match against Caen (SMC) on December 21, 2016 play

Monaco's forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin reacts during the French L1 football match against Caen (SMC) on December 21, 2016

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Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim sprang something of a surprise by handing a first Champions League start to 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe in Tuesday's last 16 first-leg match at Manchester City.

Mbappe, whose 11 goals this season include two hat-tricks, replaced Valere Germain in one of four changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Bastia in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Andrea Raggi took over from the suspended Jemerson in central defence, while right-back Djibril Sidibe and central midfielder Fabinho returned in place of Almamy Traore and Joao Moutinho.

City manager Pep Guardiola picked his strongest available line-up after resting several players in Saturday's 0-0 draw at second-tier Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup.

Willy Caballero came in for Claudio Bravo in goal and Sergio Aguero kept his place up front with City's own teenage sensation, 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus, sidelined by a broken foot.

With Aleksandar Kolarov absent, reportedly due to injury, central midfielder Fernandinho looked set to start at left-back.

Teams

Manchester City (4-3-3): Willy Caballero; Bacary Sagna, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho; Kevin De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, David Silva (capt); Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane

Coach: Pep Guardiola (ESP)

Monaco (4-4-2): Danijel Subasic; Djibril Sidibe, Kamil Glik, Andrea Raggi, Benjamin Mendy; Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Thomas Lemar; Radamel Falcao (capt), Kylian Mbappe

Coach: Leonardo Jardim (POR)

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

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