Manchester City twice came from behind to win a dramatic eight-goal thriller at home to Monaco in their Last 16 first-leg Champions League tie on Tuesday night.
The game was a dramatic mix of superb attacking play and woeful defending but one which will live long in the memory.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the Citizens on 26 minutes, after some superb play from German winger Leroy Sane.
However, Monaco were level just six minutes, courtesy of a header from Colombian striker Falcao, a player back to his best after a couple of nightmare spells in England with Man Utd and Chelsea.
The Ligue 1 side then took the lead just before the break, courtesy of a fine striker from in-form starlet Kylian Mbappe.
Soon after the restart, Falcao had a chance to extend his side’s lead from the penalty spot, only to see his weak effort saved by Willy Caballero.
That miss would prove costly for Leonardo Jardim’s side, with Sergio Aguero firing right through Monaco ‘keeper Danijel Subasic to make it 2-2.
The incredible action (and dismal defending) didn’t let up, with Falcao then scoring the goal of the game, courtesy of a magnificent chip over Caballero.
However, once again, Pep Guardiola’s side refused to be beaten, with Aguero volleying home to make it 3-3, after some more weak defending.
Defender John Stones, who didn’t cover himself in glory at the back for City during the game, then popped up on 77 minutes to put the hosts ahead for the first time, finishing at the far post to sent the Etihad crowd wild.
There was more to come from City, with Sane capping a fine individual display with a close-range effort after good play initially from David Silva.
What an incredible game!
While the clash entertained and enthralled, the feeble defending on show from both sides doesn’t bode well for their hopes of ultimately lifting the trophy.
Guardiola and co. will no doubt be confident of getting the requisite result in the return leg in Monaco.
However, the French side were somewhat unlucky to lose the game at the Etihad and are still very much in the tie.