Manchester City overcame an onslaught from Monaco's prolific attack to score three late goals in 11 minutes for a 5-3 win in a wild Champions League game on Tuesday. The highest-scoring first leg in a Champions League knockout match was breathless from start to finish, leaving both coaches to congratulate their teams on producing a Round of 16 game to remember. "It's something special for football," City manager Pep Guardiola said.
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta and the club's president have rallied behind coach Luis Enrique after fans vented their frustration at a tough week with boos during their 2-1 home win in La Liga on Sunday. Just days after a 4-0 drubbing by Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in France in the Champions League last 16, Barcelona needed Lionel Messi to convert a 90th minute penalty to beat struggling Leganes.
(CNN)Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has rarely rushed things. On his way to becoming Bulgaria's all-time record goalscorer, seven-time footballer of the year and the country's most expensive player, it sometimes seemed as if Berbatov barely broke stride as he nonchalantly netted goal after goal. Now approaching the twilight of his career, it's easy to see why the 36-year-old thinks this is a vintage year for football's over 30s. "There are some players that are exceptions to the rules and they deserve a lot of respect," Berbatov tells CNN, extolling the virtues of United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sunderland's Jermain Defoe, a pair of fellow thirtysomething strikers who have scored 15 and 14 goals in the English Premier League respectively this season.