Champions League - Group E

Monaco 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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Spurs struggled to compete on two fronts - Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham were knocked out of the Champions League as they were comprehensively outclassed by Monaco at Stade Louis II.

Djibril Sidibe's header early in the second half sparked a stunning sequence of three goals in just five minutes that saw Spurs' Champions League hopes swiftly fade, grow and fade again.

Harry Kane's penalty, awarded when Dele Alli was pulled back, put Spurs on level terms but, 39 seconds later, Monaco had the ball in the net again through Thomas Lemar.

Victory took Monaco through to the last 16 as deserved winners of Group E ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who earlier drew 1-1 at CSKA Moscow.

Tottenham, who have won one of their five group matches, are three points behind Leverkusen with one game to play, against CSKA on 7 December, but cannot overhaul the German side because of an inferior head-to-head record.

Spurs knew a draw would be enough to keep their hopes alive, but Monaco were by far the better side and only a superb performance by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris - who saved a penalty from Radamel Falcao - spared the Premier League side further punishment.

Who's through?
In: Arsenal, Paris St-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid. Leicester City, Juventus
Out: Ludogorets, Basel, PSV Eindhoven, FC Rostov, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, Legia Warsaw, Tottenham, CSKA Moscow, Sporting Lisbon

Classy Monaco far too strong for shaky Spurs

Monaco v Spurs touchmap
Monaco had 16 shots on goal to Tottenham's six, and had 29 touches in the opposition penalty area (left graphic) compared to just 15 for the visitors (right)

The Ligue 1 title hopefuls cut through Spurs with ease from the outset, with full-backs Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy a constant menace.

Spurs defender Kevin Wimmer had a night to forget, but it was centre-back partner Eric Dier at fault for Monaco's first-half penalty, lunging in clumsily on Fabinho. Falcao took the spot-kick, but his effort was tame and Lloris saved.

The French goalkeeper also made a double save from Mendy and Valere Germain but had no chance with Monaco's opener, the hosts again working the ball with ease to the left flank, from where Mendy crossed for the unmarked Sidibe to head in.

Kane's penalty four minutes later was the England striker's first Champions League goal, but Spurs' defensive frailties were again exposed straight from kick-off.

Monaco required just four passes as they worked the ball seamlessly into the area, where Lemar drilled low past Lloris.

Only a quite incredible save from Lloris to keep out Kamil Glik's thunderous strike kept Monaco within touching distance, but a third goal - or indeed a fourth - would not have flattered Leonardo Jardim's side.

Monaco celebrate against Tottenham
Djibril Sidibe and Radamel Falcao celebrate Monaco's opening goal

Gambles backfire as Spurs pay price for home woes

Spurs' early exit from the Champions League owes much to their struggles at their temporary Wembley home.

Back-to-back defeats by Monaco and Leverkusen left them with no margin for error heading into this game, which made for a difficult team selection with a vital Premier League match at Chelsea to come this weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino decided to rest key defenders Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker in favour of Wimmer and Kieran Trippier, but the decision backfired, with Tottenham's backline appearing disjointed throughout and Wimmer in particular off the pace and at fault for the first goal.

Spurs have one more match to come at the national stadium, but it will be far from the occasion they envisioned at the start of the campaign.

Instead of looking to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, they will host CSKA with only third place in the group and Europa League football up for grabs.

Man of the match - Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris
Perhaps a tad unfair on Monaco's flying full-backs Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy, but the fact the result of this match remained in the balance until the 94th minute was entirely down to the brilliance of Lloris. His penalty stop and double save in the first half were good, but his tip over the bar from Glik's powerful volley after the break was of another order entirely. A quite brilliant piece of goalkeeping.

Reaction: 'A schoolboy error'

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on BT Sport: "We are out and we have time to assess and analyse. It is true we feel disappointed but today we missed opportunities.

"I think we made too many mistakes at home at Wembley. We don't deserve to go through to the next round because we didn't show enough quality.

"We will take many things from this defeat, you learn and improve every day. Now we are trying to reduce the gap on the teams above us in the Premier League."

Tottenham striker Harry Kane on BT Sport: "It is disappointing. We got ourselves back in the game at 1-1 and it was schoolboy to concede straight after that.

"We had to try to grind out a win because we were not great - the second goal took the stuffing out of us. I just don't think on the day we were good enough.

"I'm gutted - we wanted to go far but it is something we will have to deal with. Losing two of our home games in this competition - yes, we played at Wembley this year but it has to be a fortress at home.

"We will look back and say it was the home games were we should've been better."

What's next?

Spurs return to Premier League action with a huge game at leaders Chelsea on Saturday (17:30 GMT), while they complete their Champions League group campaign against CSKA Moscow on 7 December (19:45). Monaco are in Ligue 1 action on Saturday, welcoming Marseille to Stade Louis II.



  • 1Subasic
  • 19Sidibe
  • 25GlikBooked at 51mins
  • 5Jemerson
  • 23Mendy
  • 10Bernardo Silva
  • 2Fabinho
  • 14Bakayoko
  • 27LemarSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 81'minutes
  • 18GermainSubstituted forCarrilloat 77'minutes
  • 9FalcaoBooked at 57minsSubstituted forRaggiat 89'minutes


  • 8João Moutinho
  • 11Carrillo
  • 16De Sanctis
  • 24Raggi
  • 26Boschilia
  • 29Mbappe
  • 34Diallo


  • 1Lloris
  • 16TrippierBooked at 84mins
  • 15DierBooked at 10mins
  • 27Wimmer
  • 3Rose
  • 29WinksSubstituted forSissokoat 74'minutes
  • 12Wanyama
  • 19DembéléBooked at 21minsSubstituted forEriksenat 65'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forJanssenat 65'minutes
  • 20Alli
  • 10Kane


  • 2Walker
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 9Janssen
  • 13Vorm
  • 14Nkoudou
  • 17Sissoko
  • 23Eriksen
Björn Kuipers

Match Stats

Home TeamMonacoAway TeamTottenham
Shots on Target

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Match ends, Monaco 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Monaco 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Benjamin Mendy.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Benjamin Mendy (Monaco).

Attempt missed. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Harry Kane with a headed pass.


Substitution, Monaco. Andrea Raggi replaces Falcao.

Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jemerson.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fabinho (Monaco).


Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Tiemoué Bakayoko (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Eric Dier.


Substitution, Monaco. João Moutinho replaces Thomas Lemar because of an injury.


Substitution, Monaco. Guido Carrillo replaces Valère Germain.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jemerson.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko replaces Harry Winks.

Attempt missed. Tiemoué Bakayoko (Monaco) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Lemar.

Attempt saved. Falcao (Monaco) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva with a through ball.

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur).

Bernardo Silva (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Kamil Glik.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

Attempt saved. Kamil Glik (Monaco) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Lemar with a cross.

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur).

Valère Germain (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Mousa Dembélé.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Vincent Janssen replaces Son Heung-Min.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Bernardo Silva (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Bernardo Silva (Monaco) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Djibril Sidibe.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Benjamin Mendy.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Victor Wanyama tries a through ball, but Son Heung-Min is caught offside.


Falcao (Monaco) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

As It Stood


4FC Basel401328-61


4Dynamo Kyiv401326-41


2Man City421110827
3B Mgladbach411247-34


1Atl Madrid440051412
2Bayern Munich430111389
3PSV Eindhoven401349-51
4FC Rostov4013310-71


2B Leverkusen51405417
4CSKA Moscow503248-43


1B Dortmund54101971213
2Real Madrid5320148611
4Legia Warsaw5014824-161


2FC Porto52214318
3FC Copenhagen51315236
4Club Bruges5005212-100


4Dinamo Zagreb5005013-130
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