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High five for City in thriller

By Graham Luney

John Stones says his Manchester City side will need to sort themselves out defensively if they want to win the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola's comeback kids fought back from 3-2 down to defeat Monaco 5-3 in a crazy round of 16 first leg battle at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring before former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao headed in an equaliser.

Kylian Mbappe then netted before Willy Caballero saved Falcao's tame penalty.

Sergio Aguero made it 2-2 before Falcao's exquisite chip - after he left Stones floundering - restored Monaco's lead. But Aguero volleyed in an equaliser before John Stones tapped in and Leroy Sane added a fifth for the hosts.

"The three goals we conceded from a personal point of view is something we need to work on but great team spirit, great desire and great goals from us as well," said Stones.

Guardiola added: "We think in attack. Attack, attack, attack."

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