Manchester City got off to a positive start in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 against AS Monaco, coming from behind to win the first leg 5-3 at home. A wildly entertaining match with both teams looking to attack and score for 90 minutes finished with a very important comeback victory for Pep Guardiola's men.
The game was as open as expected in the opening period, with both teams attacking each other with intent and creating dangerous chances through great passing from City and ruthless pace from Monaco. Both goalkeepers had to make saves, but they conceded goals.
City scored first, with a great team move finished by Raheem Sterling for the opener. Monaco scored just five minutes later with Falcao García, and Kylian Mbappé put the visitors in front before halftime with a fantastic finish.
At the half, it was a very entertaining game, but City needed a comeback.
If the first 45 minutes were crazy, the final period was even more nuts. Monaco missed a penalty after just five minutes, and had a few dangerous chances right after that. Sergio Agüero equalized for City after a hilarious mistake by the Monaco goalkeeper, but Falcao García scored a world class goal to put the visitors ahead again.
But Sergio Agüero scored his second of the match with 20 minutes to go, and we had no idea who was going to win. John Stones made the game 4-3, and City got themselves in position to take the first leg. They definitely took the first leg when a lovely team move was finished by Leroy Sané.
Man City: Caballero; Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho (Zabaleta); De Bruyne, Touré, Silva; Sterling (Navas), Agüero (Fernando), Sané
Goals: Sterling (26'), Agüero (58', 71'), Stones (77'), Sané (82')
Monaco: Subasic; Sidibé, Glik, Raggi, Mendy; Silva (Moutinho), Fabinho, Bakayoko (Dirar), Lemar; Mbappé (Germain), Falcao
Goals: Falcao (32', 61'), Mbappé (40')