MANCHESTER- It was goals galore last night at the Eithad Stadium when Manchester City came from behind to take 5-3 win from their Round of 16 first leg game against French league leaders Monaco.
A game that promised goals with two of Europe’s best scoring teams going head to head. It was a very open and frantic start to the match with both sides showing a threat on the attack.
It was the home side that broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when Sane squared the ball the Sterling who kept onside to tap the ball into the open net, a deserved lead at the time.
The lead didn’t last long for the host’s. When eight minutes later, Fabinho whipped in a cross and ex-Manchester United player Radamel Falcao headed home to equalize the match.
Minutes after Monaco tied the game up, the controversy began when Sergio Aguero was brought down in the box by the goalkeeper Subasic and was given a yellow card for diving.
Just being denied a penalty at one end and still thinking about that call, City were switched off at the back and youngster Kylian Mbappe got in behind the defence and rifled the ball into the top of the netting to give Monaco a huge second away goal and a 2-1 lead at halftime.
After an amazing first half, the second half didn’t disappoint either. Monaco were awarded a penalty in the first five minutes of the half after Otamendi fouled Falcao and recieved a yellow card.
A chance to get a third away goal and a two goal lead on the night came down to Falcao, who’s penalty was saved by Willy Caballero to keep Man City within touching distance.
It didn’t take City long to capitalize on the penalty miss, in the 58th minute Sergio Aguero’s hard low shot went through Subasic’s hands. The goalkeeper should’ve saved it but instead the game was tied up 2-2 with thirty minutes still to play.
The neutrals would be loving this game, when just three minutes after Aguero tied it up, Radamel Falcao showed his brilliance after he beat John Stones to the ball and chipped the goalkeeper from inside the 18-yard box to make it 3-2 for the visitors.
If you thought the goals were over, you thought wrong. With twenty minutes remaining, Aguero got on the end of De Bruyne’s corner with a sweet first time shot into the bottom right corner to level things up once more.
Six minutes after making it 3-3, City took the lead for the second time in the game when Yaya Toure flicked the ball onto the back post and John Stones was there to convert and give City a 4-3 lead.
Monaco, who put so much into the game, were clearly tiring. Most of the players were running on empty and City, who play in a more demanding league and are used to this intensity for a full ninety minutes, showed just that.
Leroy Sane gave City a two-goal lead in the last few minutes of the game when Sergio Aguero, who played one of his best games in a while, squared the ball to Sane who was there to tap it in.
Monaco will feel like they deserved more from the game but with three away goals and a second leg at home, they will fancy their chances against a City side that have conceded 8 goals in their last 3 away games in the Champions League.
Second Leg: Wednesday, March 15. State Louis II. 3:45pm EST.