Monaco send Spurs crash­ing out of Cham­pi­ons League

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Harry Kane scored his first Cham­pi­ons League goal but could not pre­vent Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur from crash­ing out of the com­pe­ti­tion with a 2-1 de­feat in Monaco on Tues­day. Spurs needed at least a point to keep their hopes of reach­ing the last 16 alive and Kane brought them level with a penalty shortly after Djib­ril Sidibe had put Monaco in front at the Stade Louis II.

How­ever, Thomas Le­mar ended a whirl­wind spell by restor­ing Monaco’s lead in the 53rd minute and the hosts-for whom Radamel Fal­cao had an early penalty saved­held on to claim the win that se­cures their place in the knock­out stages.

Monaco are also guar­an­teed to progress as Group E win­ners, while Bayer Lev­erkusen are through too after draw­ing 1-1 away to CSKA Moscow in Rus­sia ear­lier in the day.

“It is a beau­ti­ful vic­tory. We are happy and let’s hope this con­tin­ues,” Sidibe told beIN Sports of a Monaco side who are through to the last 16 for the sec­ond time in three sea­sons. “Our ob­jec­tive was qual­i­fi­ca­tion and we are first, which is im­por­tant. We will savour this be­fore we start look­ing for­ward.”

Mean­while, Tot­ten­ham will go into their fi­nal match against CSKA at Wem­b­ley with only a berth in the Europa League after Christ­mas up for grabs.

It is a deeply dis­ap­point­ing out­come for Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s men, who have now man­aged just one win in their last nine matches in all com­pe­ti­tions and have lost three of their five games in Europe.

“After we lost the first goal we came back with the penalty but it is dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand how we con­ceded the (sec­ond) goal,” Po­chet­tino said.

“If you want to go to the next level in the Cham­pi­ons League you can’t con­cede goals like that.” The Premier League side had showed their in­tent as Kane, Dele Alli and Mousa Dem­bele all started for de­spite hav­ing been cited as doubts be­fore the game by Po­chet­tino. Mean­while, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim named the at­tack­ing line-up that has made his team the most pro­lific in Europe’s lead­ing leagues this sea­son.

How­ever, Tot­ten­ham missed a glo­ri­ous chance to go ahead in­side six min­utes when Alli’s de­fence-split­ting pass sent Song he­ungMin rac­ing clear. The Korean found him­self through one-on-one with Dani­jel Suba­sic but was pushed wide by the Croa­t­ian goal­keeper and the op­por­tu­nity was gone.

Four min­utes after that Monaco won a penalty. Fabinho went down in spec­tac­u­lar fashion un­der an Eric Dier chal­lenge and Dutch ref­eree Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot, only for Hugo Lloris to dive low to his right and save Fal­cao’s kick. The home side did not let that miss get to them, in­stead con­tin­u­ing to look the more dan­ger­ous side but it took them un­til three min­utes into the sec­ond half to get the break­through.— AFP

MONACO: Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Dutch striker Vin­cent Janssen (C) vies with Monaco’s play­ers dur­ing the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League group E foot­ball match AS Monaco and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur FC at the Louis II sta­dium in Monaco on Tues­day. — AFP

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