The UEFA Champions League round of 16 started back up on Tuesday. The matches included Manchester City taking on Monaco, and Bayer Leverkusen versus runner-ups of last year’s Champion League trophy Atletico Madrid.
The games featured some great athletes and plenty of them with great skill as well. The action kicked off before noon.
Manchester City were the favorites coming in. MC is coached by Pep Guardiola, who took the job at Man City after leaving Bayern Munich last season.
Raheem Sterling started off the scoring in the 26th minute for Manchester City. The German born striker received a stellar pass from David Silva. Sterling was skillfully able to tap in the goal, to give Man City the lead.
Monaco would stay calm, cool, and collected. They would go on and attack the Man City defense with some great openings. In the 32nd minute, after some questionable goalie throws and passes, Monaco tied the game 1-1 with a header from Radamel Falcao.
In a bit of controversy, what should have been a penalty in favor of Sergio Aguero, which could have gave Man City the lead again, turned out to be a foul against Aguero.
Monaco goalie Daniijel Subasic made contact with the Argentinean, but Aguero would be the one called for simulation, and therefore getting rid of any chance of a penalty. Aguero and his coach were not happy with the call.
Soon after the call, Monaco took the lead with a goal from 18 year old Kylian Mbappe, the youngest ever to score a game in a elimination round of the Champions league, would slam a goal after running behind MC’s defense, to put Monaco in the lead. The young french player is a future star.
Just after halftime, Monaco would have a golden try to take the lead after a penalty was given to Falcao. He would go on to roll the attempt, and would go easily in the hand of the MC goalie.
In the 58th minute Aguero would tie the game after a near post shot that was mishandled by Subasic. Monaco would answer the tie, and take the lead for the final time in the game.
Falcao, after the penalty mishap, seemed to get redemption, after beating John Stones, was able to chip in a beautiful shot. Monaco now led 3-2.
Aguero would tie the game again after many Manchester City attempts. The tiebreaker would happen in the 77th minute when Yaya Toure redirected a shot to Stones, after a Kevin de Bruyne corner. MC now led 4-3.
The exclamation point happened in the 82nd minute from star Leroy Sane who was given the ball by Aguero in an empty net to score again and give Manchester City the victory 5-3.
Monaco had moments where they could of sealed the deal, instead MC came back and took advantage of more of the chances presented to them. The next leg is on March 15th in Monaco.
The next game had last year runner-ups Atletico Madrid defeating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2.
Atletico Madrid for the most part dominated the game against the Bundesliga staple. By the half, Atletico would be up 2-0 by goals from Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez. Bayer 04 would try to answer, but Atletico would eventually pull away.
The first goal came from Saul in the 17th minute with a score from outside the box. Grizemann would score the second goal in the 25th minute. The margin going into half time could have been higher, with chances from both Saul and Griezmann to leave no doubt that Atletico would move on.
The second half started with Bayer’s response. Bellarabi was able to score a goal on Atletico team that slipped up on defense. Atletico would add yet another goal in the form of a penalty by Kevin Gameiro in the 58th minute.
With the score 3-1, Bayer got a break, Atletico goalie got rid of the ball, only to see it bounce back from his own teammate Savic. The score was now 3-2, and Leverkusen would continue to look for the equalizer.
They would continue to press on to try to tie, but in the 86th minute Fernando Torres sealed the deal with a header.
Leverkusen took the necessary steps to catch up, but Atletico Madrid would not be denied.
The next match is on March 15th at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in Madrid.
The round of 16 first leg concluded today with Juventus defeating FC Porto 2-0, and Sevilla defeating Leicester City 2-1. The round of 16 picks back up in 2 weeks.