Spurs crash out of Cham­pi­ons League

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An­other lack­lus­tre dis­play from Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino's side sees them exit the com­pe­ti­tion with a game still to play as Monaco and Bayer Lev­erkusen reach the knock­out stages.

Tot­ten­ham crashed out of the Cham­pi­ons League af­ter a 2-1 loss at Monaco.

He­ung-min Son wasted a glo­ri­ous chance to give Spurs an early lead, run­ning through on goal and fluff­ing a chance to round the goal­keeper, and the vis­i­tors were nearly made to pay fully af­ter giv­ing away a penalty.

Hugo Lloris saved the spot kick as Monaco con­tin­ued to miss chances to break the dead­lock in the open­ing half.

Djib­ril Sidibe quickly made amends, head­ing home un­marked in the penalty area, but Monaco were pegged back within sec­onds as Harry Kane con­verted a penalty af­ter Dele Alli was fouled.

But Monaco took just 38 sec­onds to re­store their lead as again Spurs strug­gled to con­tain them on the wings and Thomas Le­mar fired home across Lloris to elim­i­nate Tot­ten­ham.

Beznema res­cues Real Madrid

The French striker scored the win­ning goal late in Tues­day's game to en­sure the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons re­main in with a chance of fin­ish­ing top of their group.

Karim Ben­zema came to the res­cue for Real Madrid on Tues­day with a late goal to earn a 2-1 win over Sport­ing.

Raphael Varane had given the reign­ing Euro­pean cham­pi­ons the lead in the first half of their Cham­pi­ons League game in Por­tu­gal, but an 80th minute penalty from Adrien Silva puleld the hosts level.

How­ever, Ben­zema was on hand to en­sure Zine­dine Zi­dane's men can still fin­ish top of Group F by grab­bing the late win­ner.

Fan stabbed in Spain ahead of Sevilla-Ju­ven­tus match

A man was stabbed dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween fans ahead of yes­ter­day's Cham­pi­ons League match be­tween Sevilla and Ju­ven­tus, Span­ish au­thor­i­ties said.

Seville po­lice said the uniden­ti­fied man was in­jured dur­ing a con­fronta­tion at a bar near the city cen­ter and hos­pi­talised.

The man was in sta­ble con­di­tion and his in­juries were not life threat­en­ing.

At least two other peo­ple sus­tained mi­nor in­juries in the vi­o­lence late Mon­day.

Au­thor­i­ties said the fight­ing be­gan af­ter a group of Sevilla fans at­tacked the Ju­ven­tus sup­port­ers in the south­ern Span­ish city.

Po­lice had to in­ter­vene to end the al­ter­ca­tion. No ar­rests were im­me­di­ately made.

Wit­nesses told Span­ish me­dia that less than 10 Ju­ven­tus sup­port­ers were in­side the bar when a large group of Sevilla fans started throw­ing rocks and other ob­jects to­ward them. Some made it in­side the es­tab­lish­ment and the fight­ing en­sued.

Sevilla re­leased a state­ment lament­ing the vi­o­lence in­volv­ing "al­leged" Sevilla sup­port­ers. It said it has asked au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the sus­pects to see if any of them are club mem­bers.

Sevilla Pres­i­dent Jose Cas­tro said the vi­o­lence hurt the club's im­age.

"Sevilla has worked hard over the years to be­come a re­spected club be­cause of its suc­cesses on the field," Cas­tro said. "We should be here talk­ing about football, about be­ing part of the elite in the Cham­pi­ons League. It's a shame to be here talk­ing about any­thing else other than the team's chances of mak­ing it to the last 16."

Sevilla, the Europa League cham­pion the last three years, needs at least a draw against Ju­ven­tus to se­cure a spot in the knock­out stages of the Cham­pi­ons League for the first time since 2010.

More than 800 se­cu­rity per­son­nel are ex­pected to work Tues­day's game at the Ra­mon Sanchez-Pizjuan Sta­dium in Seville.

Reus nets hat-trick in in­cred­i­ble thriller

Marco Reus net­ted three goals and Shinji Ka­gawa got two in a re­mark­able 8-4 win for Borus­sia Dort­mund over Le­gia War­saw on Tues­day.

The win keeps Thomas Tuchel's men top of Group F, two points ahead of Real Madrid, who beat Le­gia War­saw 2-1.

Tot­ten­ham's man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino

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