Monaco stun Tottenham with victory at Wembley

Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:00pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - First-half goals by Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar earned Monaco a surprise 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League Group E opener at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday to silence the London club's record 'home' attendance.

More than 85,000 packed the national stadium -- Tottenham's adopted home for this year's Champions League -- on a balmy Riviera-like night in London but the club's second campaign among Europe's elite began in disheartening fashion.

Toby Alderweireld's header shortly before the interval offered hope of a second-half siege but Monaco, leaders of Ligue 1, held out comfortably to top the early group standings.

"We conceded a goal after 16 minutes that, at this level and in soccer, you cannot concede," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said. "We improved in the second half and had chances to win.

"They had only two shots on target and scored twice. We feel very disappointed with the result, we deserved more but you cannot concede like we did."

The crowd, beating the 75,038 that watched Tottenham play Sunderland at White Hart Lane in 1938, was a new record for a home fixture for a British club in the competition.

And they pumped up the volume as the game kicked off with Spurs on the front foot and Son Heung-Min close to giving the hosts a dream start with a shot cleared off the line.

Near silence descended on the huge stadium when Monaco, who stunned Arsenal two seasons ago in the last 16, took the lead with their first real incursion after 15 minutes.   Continued...

Britain Soccer Football - Tottenham Hotspur v AS Monaco - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group E - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 14/9/16
Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld in action with Monaco's Bernardo Silva 
Reuters / Dylan Martinez