AT THE HALF: Man City let lead slip, in big trouble; Atleti holding Bayer

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The 2016-17 episode of Manchester City Wandering Around Europe has begun, and oh my, what a doozy it’s been so far.

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Following their first leg victory over Monaco — which made no sense whatsoever — three weeks ago, Man City held a 5-3 aggregate lead heading into Wednesday’s second-leg decider at the Stade Louis II. After eight minutes, their advantage had been halved to 5-4. After 29 minutes, it was gone altogether, Pep Guardiola‘s side going out of the competition on away goals, for the time being (it’s only halftime, and a goal — without another one conceded — would still send City through).

It’s the latter part of that hypothetical which seems most problematic for City, given the shocking state of defending currently on display.

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In Wednesday’s other round-of-16 second leg, Atletico Madrid, playing at home, have a firm grasp on their 4-2 aggregate lead (including four away goals) over Bayer Leverkusen.