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City beat Monaco in epic European clash

Associated Press logo Associated Press 21/02/2017

Manchester City have scored three goals in 11 minutes to fight back for a 5-3 win over Monaco in an epic Champions League match.

The other first-leg, last-16 clash on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) was also a goal feast, with Atletico Madrid winning 4-2 at Bayer Leverkusen.

At Etihad Stadium, City was facing a first-leg deficit when Radamel Falcao scored with a glorious chip, his second goal of the game, to put Monaco 3-2 ahead in the 61st minute.

But in a frantic finish, Sergio Aguero volleyed in a 71st-minute equaliser for his second goal of the night, John Stones prodded home from a corner in the 77th, and Leroy Sane pushed City further ahead with a tap-in in the 82nd.

Raheem Sterling put City ahead in the 26th minute, only for Monaco to put on an attacking show left the home defence in tatters.

"It was end-to-end stuff and at the end of the day Monaco gave us a real tough game," Sterling told BT Sport 2.

"I was impressed with the way they kept scoring. We had to keep pulling back and that's what we've done and we've got the win and that's the most important thing."

In Leverkusen, two lethal counter-attacks in the opening 25 minutes put the 2014 and 2016 finalists Atletico in the driving seat, with Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann on target, and give them the edge for a quarter-final spot for the ninth time.

Leverkusen, who paid the price for a disastrous defensive performance, cut the deficit before Atletico's Kevin Gameiro scored with a spot kick and Stefan Savic's own goal set up a nervous finale.

Fernando Torres ended any speculation with his goal in the 86th minute to take revenge for last season's 1-0 loss as the Germans suffered their first home defeat in Europe after a 10-match unbeaten run.

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