From thrills to spills, this Champions League last 16 encounter had it all as Manchester City were put to the limits against a free-scoring Monaco side in what would become one of the most entertaining European nights at the Etihad…
Heading into this mouth-watering clash, the Etihad Stadium was already pre-assured that this match would produce a bucket load of goals…and it certainly did.
It took no longer than 26 minutes for Manchester City to break the deadlock as a close-range finish from Raheem Sterling kickstarted this eight-goal thriller after some fine work by Leroy Sane in the build-up to the goal.
Monaco hit back as fine goals from Radamel Falcao and teenager Kylian Mbappe established a 2-1 half-time lead for the French.
Holding a slender advantage at 2-1, Monaco had a golden chance to put Manchester City’s chances in real jeopardy with what should have been a secure 3-1 lead but Radamel Falcao saw a weak penalty crucially saved by goalkeeper Willy Caballero to give Manchester City a lifeline of hope.
Sergio Aguero lifted City’s spirits up as his low shot crept through the hands of Croatian goalkeeper Subasic and into the back of the net. GAME ON!
Falcao, no stranger to Manchester (having played for City’s rivals, United two seasons ago), made amends with a glorious chipped finish beyond the completely stunned Caballero as City were ultimately been made to pay for their poor defending.
Twenty minutes remained on the clock for Manchester City to make something happen but who would be the cult hero for City…who else but it was Sergio Aguerooooooooooooooo to lift the Etihad into raptures with a well-taken volley. 3-3!
City, were now full of confidence after that goal and made it count when John Stones poked home from Kevin De Bruyne’s corner to give the hosts a 4-3 lead!
Leroy Sane capped off a thrilling night with a calm tap-in to ensure his side would have a two-goal cushion when both sides would return to Monaco in several weeks.
Despite leading 5-3 on aggregate, Manchester City are more than aware about Monaco’s free-scoring run (a run that has seen them score more goals than any other team in the top five leagues of Europe) and as Pep Guardiola describes ‘Manchester City must score or else lose the tie’.