A fantastic match in the UEFA Champions League as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3 in an enthralling game at the Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao both scored twice for their respected clubs. A match definitely to tell your grandchildren all about.
Manchester City opened the scoring midway through the first half, which was scored by Raheem Sterling, who was questionably offside. But then two quick goals from Monaco, scored by Falcao, and French teenager Kylian Mbappe, put the game on a knife-edge.
The tie was almost put to bed but Falcao missed a penalty early on in the second half. City then leveled it with an absolute howler from the Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic, who misjudged the shot from Aguero. Then, came one of the goals of the season from the Colombian striker to put Monaco 3-2 up. You would have thought that the game would be over. You could sense that this game would be written into the Champions League history book, because this was an absolute classic. But that was only half of the story.
Aguero put the game in the balance once again, as he scored from a sublime volley to make it 3-3 with 20 minutes to go. And then two late goals from John Stones and Leroy Sane put Manchester City in prime position to go to the Stade Louis II in three weeks time.
A great advertisement for an attacking and expensive brand of football. However, not so much for the defending though.
Meanwhile In Leverkusen, Atletico Madrid will take a two goal advantage back home, as they beat Bayer Leverkusen, 4-2.
17 minutes on, Los Rojiblancos took the lead with a ‘Robben-esque’ wonder-goal from the 22-year-old, Saul. Atleti made it two midway through the second half from the Frenchman, Antoine Griezmann, whose shot came off the crossbar. Atletico Madrid almost killed the tie off, when Griezmann had the chance to make it three, but the shot was well-saved by Bernd Leno
Bayer Leverkusen got one back three minutes into the second half when Karim Bellarabi tucked his shot into the far bottom corner. However, Los Colchoneros (The Mattressers) restored their two goal advantage, when Kevin Gameiro scored from the penalty spot, to make it 3-1 on the night.
An own goal from former Manchester City defender, Stefan Savic, gave Leverkusen little hope with only one goal in it. And 8 minutes from time, another chance went begging when Javier Hernandez’s shot was blocked by the former Chelsea left-back, Filipe Luis. But with 5 minutes of normal time left, Fernando Torres sealed the first leg for the Red and Whites, and added to his quite superb tally in the Champions League, with yet another goal.
Manchester City and Atletico Madrid have put themselves in great positions to book a place in the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League. However, it is not a guarantee that it will be both teams going through. Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen are very dangerous sides, especially going forward, and could cause an upset. Be sure for plenty of goals, and comical defending. So make sure you book the 15th March for Champions League night, because both games will be crackers.