Vadim Vasilyev could not fault his side following the eight-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium that ultimately saw Manchester City come out on top

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev compared Tuesday's stunning Champions League result at Manchester City to ice hockey, while he insisted the last-16 tie is not over. It was a night to remember at the Etihad Stadium as City came from behind to trump Monaco 5-3 in a first-leg thriller.

 

Monaco were in the box seat at half-time, leading 2-1, before Sergio Aguero struck for City to level things up.

Radamel Falcao then grabbed his second to restore the visitors' lead just past the hour-mark, having missed a penalty 11 minutes earlier.

 

However, the Ligue 1 leaders faded late on as City scored three unanswered goals in 11 minutes, but Vasilyev could not fault the French side.

"I'm disappointed with the result but very proud of my players. They gave everything," he said. "Qualification is difficult but it is possible. It's a great demonstration for the level of Ligue 1.

"The fans of football have surely feasted. I had never seen a score like that, it looked like ice hockey."

Monaco will welcome City to Stade Louis II for the return leg on March 15

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