By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute for Manchester City who staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Monaco 5-3 in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg clash at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
Leroy Sane grabbed the winner for Manchester City in an eight-goal thriller after John Stones and a brace from Sergio Aguero had turned the game around for the Citizens.
Quick goals from Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappe in eight minutes had cancelled out an opening strike in the 26th minute from Raheem Sterling.
Manchester City created the first chance in the third minute with Sterling forcing a smart save from from Danijel Subasic from a nice pass from Yaya Toure.
The hosts threatened another good chance to go 1-0 up this time from Kevin de Bruyne whose first-time delivery was not tucked in by Sergio Aguero.
Five minutes later, City took the lead after brilliant interplay between David Silva and Leroy Sane to find Sterling for an easy tap in.
Six minutes later Radamel Falcao restored parity for the French Ligue 1 leaders heading home a brilliant cross past Willy Caballero.
Aguero had a chance on goal and wanted a penalty but he was shown a yellow card for simulation.
Mbappe doubled Monaco’s lead afterwards, latching on to a long pass from Fabinho.
The strike saw Mbappe become the second youngest French player to score in the competition after Karim Benzema at age 18.
Falcao could have made it 3-1 for Monaco from the spot but he was denied by the Willy Caballero in the 58th minute.
City were gifted a lifeline back in when Aguero’s tame shot squirmed through but Falcao restored the Monaco’s lead almost immediately with a lovely chip after he outmuscled Stones.
Aguero led City’s assault and scored his second on the night and that was followed by easy tap ins from Stones and Leroy Sane.
Falcao had a chance to bag his hat trick but the right boot of Caballero denied the Colombian forward in the 83rd minute.
At the BayArena, last season’s finalists Atletico Madrid defeated Bayern Leverkusen 4-2.
A strike from Karim Bellarabi and an own goal from Stefan Savic were not enough for the German side as goals from Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro from the spot and Fernando Torres gave Diego Simeone’s side a comfortable away goal advantage going into the second leg at the Vicente Calderón.