Monaco clip Spurs in thriller

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November 23, 2016
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MONACO (AP):

Monaco sealed first place in Group E of the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Tottenham in a thrilling display of attacking football yesterday.

Needing just a draw against the only side to remain unbeaten in the Premier League to progress to the knockout phase, Monaco did not hold back. However, it took the hosts 48 minutes to break the deadlock with a goal from Djibril Sidibe, who then turned provider when Thomas Lemar scored the winner five minutes later.

Harry Kane had equalised from the penalty spot for Spurs, who can no longer qualify for the knockout phase.

powerful header

Monaco went ahead when Sidibe, unmarked in the box, planted a powerful header into the net from Benjamin Mendy's cross.

Monaco could not hold on to their lead for long as a rare mistake from Kamil Glik, who dragged Dele Alli down in the area, resulted in a penalty. Kane converted it with a powerful spot-kick.

But Spurs' defensive inadequacies were exposed less than a minute after their equaliser. From the resulting kick-off, Sidibe burst down the right before crossing for Lemar. The highly-praised midfielder, who scored in the corresponding fixture in September at Wembley, restored Monaco's advantage with a shot into the far corner.

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