Tottenham whimpered out of the Champions League at the group stages and with one game remaining last night following a poor performance away in Monaco.
The home side, who had the better of the first half, saw a penalty from Radamel Falcao saved well by Hugo Lloris after Eric Dier had brought down Fabinho.
Goalless after the first 45 and with Spurs riding their luck Dijbril Sidibe popped up in the area and headed a bullet past helpless Lloris from six yards three minutes after the break to put Monaco in front and deservedly so.
Harry Kane levelled with a well-taken penalty on 52 minutes after Dele Alli was hauled down by Kamil Glik.
Having equalised and a mere 38 seconds later Monaco found themselves in front again through Thomas Lemar, who fired into the bottom right corner of the goal in acres of space inside the area. Poor old Lloris was left stranded when his so-called defenders let him and their fellow teammates down.
We have no one else to blame but ourselves for our Champions League exit – the thing is and what annoys me but who would have thought we may end the group stages at the bottom of the pile when the draw was originally made.
Europa League awaits and regular Thursday night football could be the order of the day if we beat CSKA Moscow on Wednesday 7 December. On the other hand, we could exit European football all together for another season. Which would you prefer?
Hugo Lloris 7
Saved a penalty and possibly made the save of the tournament with a sublime reflex stop from Glik. Without Hugo Monaco would have probably scored a hatful. Our star player.
Kieran Trippier 5
Was out of position more than once – nothing to write home about?
Eric Dier 5
At times looked similar to a rabbit when dazzled in headlights. He froze at times then occasionally run-round like a headless chicken. At fault for fouling Fabinho in the penalty area. Thank goodness Hugo was on top form.
Kevin Wimmer 5
Not exactly on scintillating form. Struggled at times to keep up with the pace.
Danny Rose 5.5
Caught ball-watching when Djibril Sidibe walked past him (exaggeration but not too far off the mark) to set up Lemar’s goal.
Victor Wanyama 5
Similar to Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier and Wimmer’s performance. Dire!
Mousa Dembele 5
Booked for a cynical foul – wasn’t his usual self.
Dele Alli 6
Won the penalty when Kamil Glik hauled him down in the penalty area. Huffed and puffed and played for the cause!
Harry Winks 4.5
Played a blinder against West Ham at the weekend but failed to impress and embarrassingly skinned by Mendy for the opening Monaco goal.
Heung-Min Son 3.5
He couldn’t work out his left foot from his right. Poor decision making – awful performance.
Harry Kane 6.5
Blasted home from the spot (nice one Harry) – ran his socks off but with little support he was often left up front on his own.
Vincent Janssen 4.5
Had 25 minutes to impress – failed miserably.
Christian Eriksen 4.5
Looked comfortable on the ball but that was it.