There was a distinctly English feel to the conditions as the match got under way, with the rain having been coming down in Fontvieille for over an hour when referee Mr Dias blew for kick-off. The Red & Whites started brightly and fashioned the first chance of the evening with a shot by Lacina Traoré from the left side of the box that failed to hit the target (7 mins). Spurs looked to respond in the 20th minute. With Daniel Subasic out of position after intervening to deny Kane, Chadli had the whole of the goal to aim at, but with Carvalho covering on the line, the ball sailed just over the bar. Moments later, Lloris was forced to turn a good effort from Adama Traoré behind for a corner (26 mins).
Lamela breaks the deadlock
After the half-hour mark, the home side began to show more and more attacking enterprise, yet it was they who conceded first. Taking advantage of good work by Chadli, Kane found himself one on one with Subasic. The Croatian 'keeper saved his shot, but the rebound fell kindly for Lamela who had the simplest of tasks to stroke the ball into an empty net (35 mins). The game sparked into life and Lemar came close to levelling the scores almost immediately, but Lloris managed to push his strike behind (36 mins). Moments later, Subasic was called into action to thwart Kane once more (39 mins), before Coentrao (37 mins) and Lacina Traoré (39 mins) both missed the target with headers. Spurs went in at the break a goal to the good, but AS Monaco were very much still in the game.
Subasic denies Dier
The visitors were the first to threaten after half-time, as Eriksen saw his free-kick dealt with by Subasic (50 mins). On the hour mark, Leonardo Jardim sent on El Shaarawy in place of Lemar and the Italian international carved out a promising opening for himself within minutes, but his effort was deflected behind for a corner (68 mins). While the Spurs defence repeatedly cleared the AS Monaco set pieces, it took a superb save from Subasic to keep out a header by Dier following a 71st minute corner. With fifteen minutes left, Toulalan dropped back into central defence as Carvalho came off to be replaced by Dirar, barely moments after Bernardo Silva was denied a penalty after going to ground in the box.
Dirar makes the difference
With the clock ticking into the 80th minute, Dirar delivered a stunning cross from the right wing. the ball found its way to El Shaarawy, who beat Lloris with a looping header. The equaliser was deserved and AS Monaco then came close to snatching a second as Lloris saved a powerful strike by the lively Dirar. Carrillo had followed up and looked all set to score, but Rose came from nowhere to make the tackle and put the ball out for a corner (83 mins)! That was to be the final chance of a match that provided an entertaining spectacle, in spite of the rain. Despite having to settle for a draw, AS Monaco's attitude and quality bode well for the rest of their campaign. their next Europa League match is on 22 October against Qarabag, who beat Anderlecht this evening (1-0), but before then it's back to Ligue 1 action at the Stade Louis-II this Sunday, wih the visit of Stade Rennais (kick off at 14.00).