14 goals were served up on Tuesday in the Champions League round of 32 as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3, whilst Atletico Madrid grabbed a 4-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
The best viewing undoubtedly was seen as The Etihad Stadium as the French league leaders went blow for blow with Pep Guardiola’s men.
Raheem Sterling put City ahead on 26-minutes but Leonadro Jardim’s side levelled just minutes later through Radamel Falcao.
Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe put his side ahead just before the break, and the visitors wasted a great chance to extend their lead but Falcao missed from the penalty after being brought down.
Sergio Aguero made Falcao’s miss look even worse when he levelled things up just before the hour, but the former Manchester United and Chelsea loan man made amends with his second – a brilliant lob – just minutes later.
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But Aguero showed his fellow South American that he remains one of the Premier League’s deadliest strikers as he added his second to level the game again with 20-minutes left.
Still that wasn’t it and more twists were to came as the game amazingly swung back to City. England defender John Stones tapped home from close range to give them the lead again before Leroy Sane added a fifth after Aguero unselfishly squared it to the young German instead of the looking for his hat-trick.
The win has seen CIty’s odds of winning the Champions League cut to 9/1 and are rated 6th favourites.
In Germany – Atletico raced into a 2-0 lead at the interval with Saul Niguez and Antoinne Griezmann firing home.
Karim Bellarabi pulled one back for Bayer just after the break but their two-goal advantage was soon restored by Kevin Gameiro from the penalty spot.
Stefan Savic’s own goal then reduced the arrears back to just one but last season’s runners-up were not done and Fernando Torres added a fourth for Diego Simeone’s side as they secured a crucial first-leg win.
Atletico remain 4th favourites to take the title overall and are priced at 8/1 with bet365.
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