We had two games this evening, both with a lot of goals. We had Manchester City vs AS Monaco & Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid.
Bayer Leverkusenn vs Atletico Madrid
An action packed evening in Germany, saw Diego Simeone’s side take a first leg win home for the second leg in Madrid. Atletico won this game 4-2. The visitors started quick wasting no time at all as they brought the attack to the home side. The early attacks resulted in a 17th minute opener from Saul Niguez. Saul, hit a left footed shot across goal from the right hand side straight into the top left corner to make it 1-0. Less than 10 minutes later, the Spanish side had doubled their lead this time through star man Antoine Griezmann. Atletico caught Leverkusen on the counter as Gamiero found Griezmann whose shot went high into the roof of the net to make it 2-0. The half time whistle went with the Spaniards in firm control of the tie. However, the hosts came out firing in the second half, grabbing an early goal to pull the score back to 2-1. Young Full back Benjamin Henrichs crossed for Bellarabi to find the bottom left corner of the goal for Leverkusen’s first of the night. However, the two goal lead was soon restored as Gamiero drew a foul in the opposition box winning a penalty. The Frenchman converted from the spot going straight down the middle to make the score 3-1 to Atletico. In the 67th minute, a Leverkusen attack unfortunately lead to a Stefan Savic own goal to pull another goal back for the Bundesliga side. Making the score 3-2 with just over 20 minutes of play remaining. With the game set 3-2, up popped Atletico legend El Niño, Fernando Torres. A Sime Vrsaljko cross allowed Torres to head home into the bottom corner to give Atletico a 4-2 victory.
A hard fought victory from Atletico as they take a 2 goal lead back to the Vicente Calderon. Leverkusen will have to be on top of their game to turn this around, I feel as if Atletico will see this one out.
Manchester City vs AS Monaco
This one was absolute cracker, seeing a total of 8 goals shared between the teams. Monaco travelled to the Etihad Stadium to take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The hosts opened the scoring through England international Raheem Sterling to make it 1-0. Leroy Sane really made this goal as he goes past 3 defenders, plays a nice one-two with David Silva before he crosses into the box to find Sterling who finishes from close range. However, it wasn’t long before the oil-rich visitors fought back to equalise through a reinvigorated Radamel Falcao in the 32nd minute. The goal starts from a miskick from City goalkeeper, Willy Caballero who gifts possession to Monaco, the French Ligue 1 leaders work the ball out to Fabinho on the right. Fabinho crosses into the box for El Tigre to pounce with a diving header to even the game up at 1-1. Shortly after conceding the equaliser, the hosts were denied a penalty. Sergio Aguero was brought down by Subasic, however instead he was booked by the referee for simulation. Just before half time, in the 40th minute some shambolic defending by Nicolas Otamendi led to youngster Mbappe firing the ball into the back of net and send Monaco into break with a 2-1 lead. The first half action didn’t stop there as just minutes later, City had a shot cleared off the line by defender Raggi. Early in the second half, it seemed to have gone from bad to worse for the Premier League side as Otamendi gives away a penalty in the 48th minute. Otamendi’s blushes were saved however as teammate Caballero went the right away to deny Falcao. Aguero managed to pull City back into this as Sterling nicked the ball away on the counter and found the Argentine whose shot was straight at Subasic yet still found its way into the net. The ‘keeper did nowhere near enough as City equalised for 2-2. However, Monaco’s lead was soon restored as Falcao pounced on some shocking defending by John Stones and chipped Caballero to make the score 3-2. A great defensive header behind by Kamil Glik, led to a corner for the home team. The resulting corner in the 71st minute ended with Sergio Aguero volleying home at the back post to pull City level again this time at 3-3. Another City corner in the 77th minute leads to John Stones making up for his earlier mistake as he heads a Yaya Toure corner into the back of the net to give City a 4-3 lead. The final goal of this crazy, action packed game came inside the last 10 minutes as Leroy Sane gave his side a fifth on the night and handed them a two goal advantage to take to Monaco. It was in the 82nd minute when Aguero gifted the young German with a goal as he slotted home the eighth goal of the night!
It was a mad night in Manchester, I really can’t wait for this second leg, and if this one was anything to go by then I really cannot pick a winner but I do love a good Penalty Shootout.