Any thoughts of a cagey Champions League knockout tie were thrown out and replaced by utter slapstick at the Etihad. A thriller ended with Monaco melting in the face of a pulsating comeback by Manchester City, whose own Achilles heel had been their initial undoing. Character shone through, however; who could bet against the same thing happening in the second leg?
City showed incredible mettle to get back into a game that had threatened to run away from them completely. Aided by an erratic...
Three quick thoughts from Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first-leg thriller, which finished Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Atletico Madrid at the BayArena.
1. Atleti win helter-skelter game
Atletico Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in a surprisingly helter-skelter Champions League last-16 first leg at the BayArena on Tuesday evening. Diego Simeone's side are now big favourites to progress despite surprising defensive issues that kept Roger Schmidt's outfit in the tie for longer than they deserved.