Monaco 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Sloppy Spurs crash out of UEFA Champions League

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  • Sidibe opens scoring
  • Kane, Lemar score 39 secs apart
  • Spurs can only hope for Europa
  • Djibril Sidibe and Thomas Lemar scored second half goals as Monaco scooped up a deserved three points with a 2-1 win over visiting Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday at the Stade Louis II.

    The loss means Spurs will not advance to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, and need to finish ahead of CSKA Moscow to kick into the Europa League.

    Harry Kane converted a Dele Alli-won penalty kick for Spurs, but an improved second half wasn’t enough to get an almost necessary point in Monaco.

    The win gives Monaco the Group E crown, and sinks Spurs three points behind Bayer Leverkusen with a match to play.

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    Eric Dier chopped down Fabinho for a no-questions-asked PK, but Hugo Lloris dove right to stop Radamel Falcao‘s poor attempt. The first half ended 0-0.

    Benjamin Mendy provided the service for the opener, working the left wing and sending a cross that just missed Jan Vertonghen‘s head. Sidibe turned the ball powerfully with a header past Lloris to make it 1-0.

    Spurs equalized within minutes, as Dele Alli took advantage of a block from Kamil Glik to draw a penalty that Kane converted.

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    But hold on, folks, for in less than 40 seconds Monaco was back in the lead. Lemar had a bit of time in the left of the 18, and used his left peg to beat Lloris far post.

    Spurs can thank Lloris that it didn’t get worse, as the keeper made an incredible save off Glik’s first touched shot off a Monaco free kick.

    Brazil’s Jemerson made a timely redirection of a Christian Eriksen shot that could’ve tied the score with 20 minutes to play, and the ensuing corner was cleared off the line by Monaco as well.

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