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Manchester City beat Monaco in eight-goal thriller

Published: Tuesday 21 February 2017, 22.55CET
Sergio Agüero marked his return to form as Josep Guardiola's side struck three times in the last 19 minutes to triumph in a sensational round of 16 first leg.

Match statistics

Man. CityMonaco

Goals scored5
 
3
Possession (%)61
 
39
Total attempts8
 
15
on target6
 
6
off target0
7
blocked2
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides3
 
5
Yellow cards4
 
6
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
15
Fouls suffered13
 
8
Passes590
 
275
completed516
 
224

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 21 February 2017, 22.55CET

Manchester City beat Monaco in eight-goal thriller

Sergio Agüero marked his return to form as Josep Guardiola's side struck three times in the last 19 minutes to triumph in a sensational round of 16 first leg.

Manchester City struck three times in the last 19 minutes as they came from behind to beat Monaco 5-3 in a sensational UEFA Champions League meeting.

It had looked like being the visitors' night when ex-Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao, already with a diving header and missed penalty to his name, made it 3-2 with an outrageously impudent chip just after the hour. But the hosts, led by the rejuvenated Sergio Agüero, were having none of it.

Agüero levelled matters with a fine volley, his second of this round of 16 classic, and John Stones atoned for a few slips at the back to put City ahead. Leroy Sané then got in on the act, latching on to Agüero's pass and completing the scoring.

Agüero on Guardiola's half-time inspiration

In a match not so much open as positively agape, Raheem Sterling's first-half breakthrough and a goal from 18-year-old Kylian Mbappé on his first UEFA Champions League start were almost footnotes. The second leg on 15 March has a lot to live up to.

Key player: Sergio Agüero
Had Gabriel Jesus been fit then Agüero probably wouldn't have started this game! The Argentinian recovered from a first-half yellow card for simulation and profited from Danijel Subašić's mistake for his first goal. His second was a sweet volley, showcasing his fabulous technique, and he capped his vitally important second-half showing with a critical role in the Sané tap-in.

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Caballero saves Falcao's spot kick

City redemption
It was a night of vindication for two Argentinians. Willy Caballero made amends for his error for one goal by saving a penalty and then foiling Falcao late on. And then there was Agüero. Gabriel Jesus's loss was his gain and the striker, back leading City's attack, showed again his love of the big occasion, snapping out of a six-match scoring drought to find the net twice when City needed him. Even after his precise volley he could be seen haring back into his own half to reclaim the ball from a Monaco player.

El Tigre roars back
Falcao's strength of character was as impressive as his exquisite second. Having missed from the spot, as he did against Tottenham in the group stage, El Tigre responded in style. His first goal was a classic poacher's header, his movement played a part in Mbappé's effort, and the in-form 31-year-old looked far more like the striker who terrorised European defences for Atlético and Porto than the one who laboured in the Premier League at Manchester United and Chelsea.

A star is born?
The bold move to hand Mbappé his first UEFA Champions League start proved a masterstroke. At ease from the off, the quicksilver teenager was Monaco's most threatening attacker in the first period and took his chance emphatically. A beguiling, confident player, his display will only add to the Thierry Henry comparisons. He is the second youngest French scorer in competition history behind Karim Benzema.

Sterling: It was 'absolutely crazy'

Reporters' views
Simon Hart (@UEFAcomSimonH)
This game was a reiteration, in big, bold letters, of what we knew already about Josep Guardiola's City team. They can play some thrillingly fast and inventive attacking football – but are vulnerable defensively. It seemed they might pay for this vulnerability. And yet instead it was their qualities that won the day – not least the pace and menace of wide men Sané and Sterling – in a thrilling end-to-end contest which underlined their spirit and self-belief as they fought back to triumph in such stunning fashion.

David Crossan (@UEFAcomDavidC)
Monaco thrilled in attack, but the way they conceded the four second-half goals will infuriate boss Leonardo Jardim. Falcao's penalty miss and Subašić's fumble for Agüero's first made it two big mistakes from rare experienced players in this Monaco line-up. While Monaco will rue their errors and lost opportunities, they still have a good chance of progressing, albeit not from as good a position as they might otherwise have occupied.

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Last updated: 22/02/17 2.03CET

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

monaco

Monaco

13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
1
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
2
FabinhoFabinho
Yellow Card81
7
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Goal26
Substitution89
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao (C)
Goal32
Penalty50
Goal61
Yellow Card67
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Yellow Card35
Goal58
Goal71
Substitution87
10
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
Yellow Card76
Substitution84
17
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
14
BakayokoTiemoué Bakayoko
Yellow Card55
Substitution88
19
SanéLeroy Sané
Goal82
19
SidibéDjibril Sidibé
Yellow Card25
21
David SilvaDavid Silva (C)
23
B. MendyBenjamin Mendy
24
StonesJohn Stones
Goal77
24
RaggiAndrea Raggi
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
Yellow Card40
Substitution62
25
GlikKamil Glik
Yellow Card8
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
Yellow Card49
27
LemarThomas Lemar
42
TouréYaya Touré
29
MbappéKylian Mbappé
Goal40
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
16
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution62
Yellow Card73
7
DirarNabil Dirar
Substitution88
6
FernandoFernando
Substitution87
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution84
9
NolitoNolito
11
CarrilloGuido Carrillo
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution89
18
GermainValère Germain
Substitution79
18
DelphFabian Delph
34
DialloAbdou Diallo
72
IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho
38
TouréAlmamy Touré

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Leonardo Jardim (POR)

Referee

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Assistant referees

Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP), Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP), Carlos Gómez (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution