City Fight Back To Beat Monaco 5-3 In Champions League Thriller
By Andah John
Manchester City have put themselves in a strong position to reach the Champions League last eight after coming twice from behind to subdue stubborn Monaco 5-3 in a pulsating duel.
Raheem Sterling scored in the 26th minute from close-range to give the Citizens the lead.
But that lead did not last long as ex-Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao levelled matters six minutes later, setting the stage for a thrilling contest.
Monaco go in front
Monaco’s teenage forward Kylian Mbappe then stunned the home fans with the French side’s second before Willy Caballero stopped the daring visitors from going further ahead when he saved Falcao’s tame penalty.
Thereafter, Danijel Subasic allowed Sergio Aguero’s tame strike slip past him to make it 2-2 but Falcao’s delicious chip restored Monaco’s lead.
However, City responded with a delightful finish as Aguero volleyed in an equaliser before John Stones tapped in from a corner.
City make it five
And Leroy Sane made it five for Pep Guardiola’s side when he fired in from Aguero’s pass.
With this result, the French outfit will have to score no fewer than twice in the return leg at Stade Louis II stadium on 15 March to have any chance of denying City a place in the quarter-finals.