Manchester City beats AS Monaco in round of 16 of Uefa Champions league

Author: Raphael Minter


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#Manchester City looked to better their performance in the Uefa Champions league after reaching the semi-finals of the competition in 2015/16. On Tuesday, the team made a bold statement by coming back twice to win the tie 5-3 and take a two-goal advantage to France in the return fixture. Two goals from Radamel Falcao and Sergio Aguero and a goal each from John Stones, Sane, Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappe made the game a mouthwatering encounter.

Sergio Aguero after much speculation about his future finally came to the party scoring two goals and unselfishly setting up youngster Sane for the defining time of the match that put the game to bed. Aguero in recent weeks feared his time at the blue side of Manchester was over after youngster Gabriel Jesus came and took all the plaudits.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola could not believe what he was witnessing as his touchline celebrations showed how ecstatic he was in trying to take the team to the quarter finals and on a personal level reach at least the semi-finals of the competition to extend his personal best to eight consecutive appearances.

AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim goes out of this game with heads high after overseeing one of the greatest games in the Uefa Champions league history. Considering Radamel Falcao’s miss could have won the game for the Principality Club, the team created numerous goal scoring opportunities that could have turned the tie around.

Sitting in first place on the French ligue One, AS Monaco has had a fistful of goals domestically by scoring as much as 76 goals. This comes under just 26 games in the league. Amazingly, 46 of those goals have been scored at the Stade Louis, a sign that shows that the second leg of the Champions League that takes place on March 15 might be far better than the first.

Champions League witnessed 14 goals in two games on Tuesday

In the other game on Tuesday Club Atletico Madrid defeated Bayer04 Leverkusen on the road 4-2. Like Manchester City, Atletico Madrid also takes away a two-goal advantage into the second leg of the competition. In the game, Antoine Griezmann became the all-time scorer for the club in Uefa Champions league with 13 goals after surpassing Club legend Luis Aragones.

AS Monaco against Manchester City at the Stade Louis would be a cracker of a match because Manager Leonardo Jardim would like to make a statement for French football after Olympique Marseille’s title win in 1993.

The Uefa Champions League returns on Wednesday with FC Porto and Sevilla FC playing host to Juventus and Leicester City respectively at the 11:45AM PST.

 


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