Top spot in this group moved further out of reach on Tuesday evening with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Besiktas Istanbul. Yet things had started well for the Monegasques as they took the lead. Keita Balde went on a darting run forward and laid the ball on perfectly for Radamel Falcao, who showed his class by leaving Pepe in his wake to finish with a toe-poke into the far corner (1-0, 30’).
But just four minutes later, Tosun headed an equalizer for the Turkish side (1-1, 34’). And the visitors added a second just after the break, as Babel – from an offside position – set up Tosun to slot past Subasic (1-2, 54’).
AS Monaco will reflect ruefully on Keita Balde’s mis-shot in the box after a wonderful piece of skill from Rony Lopes (64’). The result complicates the task of qualifying, although Leipzig’s victory over Porto (3-2) offers a glimmer of hope. The Germans are now second with four points, while the Portuguese side remain on three points with the Red & Whites on one. Anything is still possible with three group games to go.