Published on February 21st, 2017 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Report & Ratings: Man City 5-3 AS Monaco – 21/02/17
Manchester City came from behind twice to secure a crucial two-goal advantage after an 8-goal thriller against Monaco at the Etihad Stadium
On a night of varying fortunes and mouthwatering football, City managed to turn around a 2-goal deficit to ensure they go into the return in Monaco with a vital lead.
Raheem Sterling gave the Blues a 26th-minute advantage after fine work by Leroy Sane, but Monaco proved their threat to lead before half-time through Radamel Falcao’s header and Kylian Mbappe’s powerful rising drive.
Falcao then saw a questionable penalty saved by Willy Caballero just after the break before Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic’s blunder gave Sergio Aguero his first goal.
Falcao then lobbed a clever chip over Caballero to put Monaco back in front – however City were far from finished.
Aguero – who felt he was denied a first-half penalty after he was booked for diving under a challenge from Subasic – volleyed in another equaliser before John Stones made up for poor defending in the build-up to Falcao’s second by putting City ahead on the night with a sliding finish at the far post after 77 minutes.
Leroy Sane finished the scoring and gave City a much-needed two-goal cushion with a simple tap-in from Aguero’s pass eight minutes from time – but Monaco’s vibrant attacking ambition means this tie is far from over.
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