There was a distinctly English feel to the weather conditions as this game kicked off at a rainy White Hart Lane, and AS Monaco were struck by a thunderbolt inside the first couple of minutes, as Lamela side-footed home from Davies’ cross! The visitors were in some difficulty in the early stages, and fell further behind in the 14th minute as Lamela netted his second of the evening. The Argentine made a darting run through the middle, and with no tackle forthcoming tried his luck from the edge of the box. Subasic got down but misjudged the flight of the ball and allowed it to run under his body. Despite their two goal advantage, Spurs continued to push forward.
Lamela bags a hat-trick
In the 20th and 23rd minutes, attempts from Carroll and Son sailed narrowly wide of the Monagesque goal. Moments later, Bakayoko had the visitors’ first chance but his low drive was deflected behind for a corner. The match sprang into life on the half hour. First, Subasic saved a Onomah effort (30 mins), before Pasalic sent the ball inches past the top–left corner of Lloris’ goal with a strike from the edge of the area (33 mins), and Son then sent a shot into the stands (35 mins). Just as AS Monaco looked to be finally getting a foothold in the game, Lamela completed his hat-trick, slotting past Subasic after a perfect pass from Son (37 mins). At the break, the Red & Whites’ slim chances of qualification appeared dead and buried, especially with Anderlecht leading against Qarabag...
El Shaarawy pulls one back
Nonetheless, Leonardo Jardim’s men came out for the second half with other intentions. Lemar, a half-time substitute for Moutinho, unleashed a daisy-cutter that skimmed Lloris’ left-hand post. Then Mbappe, who had come on in the 55th minute, worked his way down the left before pulling the ball back for El Shaarawy. From the edge of the box, the Italian placed his shot beyond the reach of Lloris to pull one back for his side in the 60th minute. AS Monaco were playing better football, and earned themselves a 64th minute corner through Mbappe. Lemar found the head of Dirar, who sent his effort just over the bar. Tottenham continued to look dangerous, though, with Subasic saving with his feet from Njie (72 mins).
Carroll has the last word
A minute later, Bakayoko drew a save from Lloris with a drilled effort from the edge of the area, but it was Tottenham who put the game to bed through Carroll in the 77th minute. Having already provided an assist for his side’s first goal, he got past Elderson on the right wing and beat Subasic from an almost impossible angle. The rest of the game was a formality for Spurs, who comfortably controlled proceedings against an AS Monaco side resigned to defeat, despite their much improved second-half showing. A disappointing end to AS Monaco’s European journey this season, but there will be no time to dwell on it, and the Red & Whites will need to bounce back against St-Etienne in Ligue 1 on Sunday.