The Etihad Stadium played host to a barnstormer tonight in the first leg of a Champions League round of 16 tie, as Manchester City swayed and lurched, but finally ran out 5-3 winners over visitors AS Monaco.
City took the lead in the 26th minute, as Leroy Sane teed up Raheem Sterling for an easy tap in.
Just 5 minutes later, however, the French side were back on level terms courtesy of a magnificent diving header from former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao.
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18-year-old Kylian Mbappe put Monaco in the lead for the first time with a thunderous half-volley in the 40th minute after a long ball from Fabinho completely caught out the City defence.
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Monaco had the opportunity to extend that lead to two early in the 2nd half, when Nicolas Otamendi brought down Falcao in the box. The Colombian missed the resulting penalty, though.
Nine minutes later the sides were all square again thanks to the combination of a Sergio Aguero strike and a howler from Monaco stopper Danijel Subasic.
Falcao made up for the dire penalty miss, however, with a sublime chip to send Monaco 3-2 up just moments later.
That was Monaco’s last contribution to the game’s tally, as the home side turned it on over the last half an hour, scoring thrice, with Aguero getting his second, before John Stones and Leroy Sane added their names to the scoresheet.
So City will take a two goal lead into the second leg at the Stade Louis II on March, but those three away goals could come back to haunt Pep Guardiola’s side against a team that have absolutely no problem finding the net.