SI Staff
Tuesday August 25th, 2015

Monaco was one of the stories of the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League, making a run to the quarterfinals where it was edged out by eventual finalist Juventus. This season, the Ligue 1 club's run has ended prior to the group stage.

Monaco, playing at home with a 3-1 deficit to Valencia in the 2015-16 Champions League playoff round second leg, fell victim to a deft fourth-minute chip from Alvaro Negredo, all but ending the side's hopes of being a part of Thursday's group stage draw.

Negredo pounced on a turnover, dribbled down the left channel and then created something seemingly out of nothing, showing individual innovation to chip from a tight angle and render goalkeeper Danijel Subasic helpless by tucking his chance inside the far post.

The goal gave Valencia a 4-1 aggregate lead, though Andrea Raggi pulled one back in the 17th minute to give the hosts renewed hope and Elderson clawed the club closer in the 75th, but Negredo's goal wound up being the difference, cementing Valencia's place in the group stage and ensuring five Spanish clubs will be in the Champions League proper (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia).

​Watch Negredo's left-footed chip below:

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