Manchester City came out on top after an incredible 8 goal thriller, as they won 5-3 against Monaco in the 1st leg of the Round of 16 at Etihad. This also led to City being unbeaten in the last 10 home games in the Champions League.
8 – Manchester City 5-3 Monaco is the highest scoring first leg ever in a Champions League knockout tie. Bonanza.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 21, 2017
An intense second leg awaits us, but meanwhile, City can congratulate themselves and celebrate this night, after a thrilling match in the Champions league.
We rate the players who were part of this action at the Eastlands.
Manchester City player ratings
Willy Caballero – 6/10
It was an eventful night for the goalkeeper. At fault for the first goal after a poor clearance, and didn’t charge for the second goal. Caballero had absolutely no chance to save that third goal from Falcao. Although he saved the Colombian's penalty, a sturdier performance is expected from the shot-stopper.
Bacary Sagna – 5.5/10
It was a below average performance from the French fullback. He struggled at times against Falcao and Mbappe, but made no major errors.
John Stones – 5/10
His slow reactions and apprehensive performance all round clearly angered the manager, as he was a nightmare in defence. But on the contrary, he scored to get City into the lead at 4-3.
— Paul Broekhof (@Broekhof28) February 21, 2017
Nicolas Otamendi – 6/10
Nicolas Otamendi was one of the better performers among the defenders, but still caught out for the second goal and gave away an unnecessary penalty.
Fernandinho – 5/10
The Fernandinho experiment failed miserably, clearly the Brazilian is NOT a left back. Monaco’s goals in the first half came from his side, as he didn’t provide enough protection.
Yaya Toure – 6/10
Yaya Toure had a decent and organised performance, and even proving too strong for some Monaco players. But, similar to most matches, slowed the pace of the game.
Raheem Sterling – 8/10
Bright performance from the English kid. Showed good incentive and awareness for the first goal, and made the second goal. Proved too pacey for most Monaco players attempting to stop him, and got into good positions several times. A changed man under Pep.
Raheem Sterling vs Monaco:
Take on Completed: 100%
Pass acc: 93%
Magical Raz! pic.twitter.com/tyjHYRNtS2
— City Chief ? (@City_Chief) February 21, 2017
Kevin De Bruyne – 7/10
Decided to remain low key and was like a back-end developer working professionally on a code. Whipped in quiet some fantastic crosses, one of which resulted in Stones’ goal.
David Silva – 8/10
Several neat touches and incredible passes. Kept the flow of the game moving, and controlled the game. A great corner for Aguero’s second of the night, and marvellous passes which led to both the first and the fifth goal of the night for City. It was clear why he is referred to as the ‘The Magician’.
Leroy Sane – 8.5/10
Showed amazing persistence for the first goal, capping it off with a neat cross for Sterling to score. Made his presence felt among the Monaco defenders, and was a real danger man throughout the game. Finally scored the fifth goal to solidify City’s win.
Sergio Aguero – 9/10 (MOTM)
Slightly rusty at times, especially in the starting, as he gave away possession and missed a good chance to score the first of the game. Grew into the game, as he scored the second and a delicious third goal for City, proving everyone that he is still one of the most lethal strikers out there when confidence levels are up. A wonderful performance with 2 goals and an assist.
— Rick Strom (@RickStrom) February 21, 2017