Manchester City overcame Monaco in an eight-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium, coming from behind to run out 5-3 winners in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg.
Radamel Falcao’s brace had looked to set Monaco on their way to a 3-2 victory after the hour-mark, but goals from Sergio Aguero — his second of the night — John Stones and Leroy Sane turned the game on its head.
The match got off to a lively start with both sides showing plenty of attacking intent, though the first real chance did not come until the 15th minute when Raheem Sterling attempted to round Danijel Subasic, with the loose ball falling to Aguero who tried to beat the Monaco keeper from a tight angle only to see his effort saved.
Monaco had an opportunity of their own to break the deadlock after 18 minutes when Benjamin Mendy was picked out by Kylian Mbappe, but he was unable to beat Willy Caballero at his near post.
A minute later and the visitors had another sight of goal after Yaya Toure failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to Kamil Glik at the far post, but the defender sent his header wide from close range.
City managed to open the scoring in the 26th minute through Sterling, who arrived in the box to convert Sane’s cross from close range after the Germany international had linked up well with David Silva.
However, Monaco were level six minutes later as Falcao got on the end of a Fabinho cross to head home after the Brazilian had intercepted a poor Caballero clearance.
City thought they had a penalty moments later when Aguero, through on goal, went to ground after attempting to round Subasic but the striker was shown a yellow card for allegedly diving.
Mbappe had a chance to edge Monaco in front on 36 minutes when Falcao’s flick-on played the ball into his path inside the box but he sent his effort just over the bar.
Mbappe did not commit a similar error four minutes after the fact, however, while hooking onto Fabinho’s ball over the top that opened up the City guard, with the 18-year-old terminating first time into the top of the net to daze the home support.
It could well have been another equitable before the break for Monaco — risky with each assault against a battling City protection — when Falcao got himself free with the ball inside the region yet he could just strike into side netting.
Monaco began the second half as they finished the first and won a punishment only four minutes after the restart when Nicolas Otamendi was declared to have cut down Falcao in the region.
Falcao got back on to his feet to take the punishment, however his feeble exertion was serenely spared by Caballero who speculated the correct way.
City were talented a route once more into the amusement in the 58th moment by Subasic when Aguero, who had been played in by Sterling, terminated a strike directly at him that he by one means or another permitted to sneak past his fingers and into the back of the net.
Be that as it may, only two minutes after the fact and Monaco’s favorable position was reestablished when Falcao outmuscled Stones in the crate before cut-out a shocking chip over Caballero.
The amusement kept on staying open as the second half wore on with another possibility introducing itself to Mbappe on 69 minutes, however the forward’s exertion from a tight edge crushed into the side netting.
After two minutes and City had leveled the diversion once more, with Silva choosing Aguero with a cross and the Argentina worldwide covering a volley into the far corner.
Furthermore, following 77 minutes the hosts had finished the turnaround when Stones touched base at the far post to transform Toure’s header into the back of the net to send the Etihad wild.
Aguero could have included another for City only a couple of minutes after the fact just to see his strike spared, before Sane made it five on 82 minutes, opening home from short proximity in the wake of being teed up by the Argentine.