Manchester City and Ligue 1 side AS Monaco took part in a historic Champions League encounter for the ages at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, setting a record for the most goals scored in UCL knockout first leg.
Mancity takes the lead in the 26th minutes of the game following a penetrating pace from Sane and bulldoze his way through, and received a pass from Silva and the former Schalke 04 player make an emphatic cross for sterling to smash home.
The visitors took no time to respond back, as they levelled back with an awesome effort from Fabinho who curls a nice cross, Falcao makes no mistake and scores with a nice header.
Monaco came back strong with a complete turnaround, as Fabinho looped the ball over City’s defence line and Mbappe gets it before Otamendi and storm into the box and smash the ball home to make it 2-1
Falcao missed an absolute penalty chance in the 50th minute, sending a lame strike down for Caballero to save
The host fight back on getting back on level terms, undernethSterling does a superb run before releasing a pass to Aguero in the box, an awful strike from the Argentine international with Subasic allowing the ball crawl underneath him. Poor strike, awful goalkeeping.
With both teams preaching attacking football, it was always likely that there was going to be lots of goals and so it proved. Monaco was at it again in the 60th minute, when another awesome clinical finish from the Colombian as he Bullies John Stones off the ball and chip Cabellero form 14yards.
The game gets more interesting as it’s a harvest moment where goals are reaped, the home side equalised again thanks to Aguero who makes a lovely volley bouncing into the bottom corner of net 3-3
A huge turnaround for City, as John Stones, atones for his mistake for Falcao’s second as he slaps home a finish to make it 4-3 before Sane ended the night with a goal that ended in a 5-3 thriller.
After full time of goal rush, thrills and magnificence, the home side just edged out in the goalscoring stakes and take a 5-3 lead to Stade Louis II in France for the return leg scheduled for 15-16 March 2017
Manchester City (4-3-3): Caballero; Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho (Zabaleta 62); De Bruyne, Toure, David Silva; Sterling (Navas 89), Aguero (Fernando 87), Sane.
Subs not used: Bravo, Fernando, Nolito, Navas, Delph, Iheanacho.
Monaco (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Sidibe, Glik, Raggi, Mendy; Fabinho, Bakayoko (Dirar 88); Bernardo Silva (Moutinho 85), Mbappe (Germain 79), Lemar; Falcao.
Subs not used: De Sanctis, Dirar, Moutinho, Carrillo, Germain, Diallo, Toure.
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Picture Credits: Getty Images