Live Updates

Full-time: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Monaco

  • French club took the lead through Silva after Spurs made a strong start.
  • Lemar doubled Monaco's advantage at Wembley.
  • Toby Alderweireld gave Spurs a lifeline before half-time.

Full-time: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Monaco

A dreadful opening 30 minutes have proven to be fatal for Spurs at Wembley. Their Champions League campaign has begun in the worst possible fashion.

On the other hand, Manchester City and Leicester have both got their Champions League seasons off to wonderful starts, winning 4-0 and 3-0 respectively.

Thanks for joining out live blog - and be sure to check out the IBTimes UK website for post-match reaction from Wembley in a short while.

Tottenham endured a night for frustration
Tottenham endured a night for frustration Getty Images

GOAL: Manchester City 4-0 Borussia Monchengladbach (Iheanacho)

Teenager Kelechi Iheanacho has added another for City at the Etihad, following his match-winning goal in the Manchester derby. His goals-to-minutes ratio is crazy. What a talent.

Manchester City celebrate at the Etihad
Manchester City celebrate at the Etihad Getty Images

We're into three added minutes now. This is slipping away from Spurs.

Janssen puts Sissoko in on goal, but it's fractionally overhit and the keeper just beats the new singing to the ball. Another opportunity slips by for the hosts.

Harry Kane rues a missed chance
Harry Kane rues a missed chance Getty Images

Tick-tock-tick-tock ... time is ebbing away for Tottenham and the ball is at the wrong end of the field from their viewpoint at the moment.

Mauricio Pochettino watches on
Mauricio Pochettino watches on at Wembley Getty Images

GOAL: Manchester City 3-0 Borussia Monchengladbach (Aguero)

City have a third and who do you think has scored it? Sergio Aguero, of course.

The in-form Argentine adds to his first half brace by fooling Yann Sommer before rolling the ball into the empty net.

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero celebrates his hat-trick at the Etihad Getty Images

Two subs now: Dier is replaced by Sissoko for Spurs. Meanwhile, Falcao is replaced by Germain.

It's fair to say the Colombian isn't the player he once was, even if he was semi-decent tonight.

Well, well, well ... just as I say that, Harry Kane spurns a good chance from the penalty spot. He knows he should have done better after good work from his strike partner.

He needed to keep the ball low and find a corner - but the England striker did the exact opposite. Will Spurs get another chance as good as that one?

Dele Alli takes a right-footed shot from distance but there's not enough pace to really trouble the keeper. Time is really running out for Spurs, who have gone to a two-man forward line.

There's plenty of physical power upfront for Spurs now, yet they're lacking a bit of sparkle.

Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva on the ball Getty Images

Nick Howson at Wembley

The pressure may have been relentless from Spurs, but it is fair to say Monaco are holding them at arms length so far. Bakayoko and Fabinho have been superb in the middle as the visitors have closed the space and defended narrowly. Vincent Janssen on for Tottenham and how they could do with his maiden goal for the club.

The game has just gone a little bit flat at Wembley, after Tottenham made such an encouraging start to the second half. Spurs are in desperate need of a moment of inspiration.

You can sense the frustration is growing in the crowd, too, as Monaco stand on the verge of bursting their bubble.

 Leonardo Jardim
Leonardo Jardim issues instructions to his players Getty Images

Pochettino does decide to roll the dices. Kind of. Anyway, Spurs have about 30 minutes to find another goal - can they do it?

Elsewhere in Europe tonight, Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo have fallen behind to Sporting Lisbon in the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo cuts a frustrated figure
Cristiano Ronaldo cuts a frustrated figure Getty Images

Just over half an hour left for Tottenham to find an equaliser. Mauricio Pochettino will be considering making a change.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane dribbles with the ball Getty Images

Tottenham started this match in a way that felt unnatural for them. Since the break, they have reverted to their typical Premier League style and look much, much better for it.

They are winning all of the second balls and imposing their energetic style on the game.

It's one-way traffic at Wembley. The hosts are having corner after corner and an equalising goal feels inevitable.

And if they get one...

GOAL: Club Brugge 0-3 Leicester (Mahrez)

It's turning into a beautiful night in a beautiful Belgian city for the Premier League champions. Riyad Mahrez has his second of the night and the Foxes surely, surely, have all three points.

This time he nets from the spot - and Leicester are on the cusp of their first-ever Champions League win.

Leicester City players celebrate scoring
Leicester City players celebrate scoring Getty Images

Fabinho goes into the book for fouling Dele Alli in the box. The corner hadn't been taken and, therefore, the referee could not award a penalty.

The Monaco players surrounded the ref for a minute, though, mistakenly thinking he had pointed to the spot. An unusual moment in a fascinating game in North London.

Dele Alli on the ball
Dele Alli on the ball Getty Images

Spurs already look much more comfortable in this shape. Their latest attack sees Harry Kane's goal-bound effort with his left foot blocked by a defender.

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino watches his side in action Getty Images

Spurs are awarded a freekick in a dangerous area, but Christian Eriksen's delivery is unusually poor and Monaco survive. It's one-way traffic in the first few minutes of the second half, however.

Harry Kane is fouled
Harry Kane is fouled Getty Images

That sub has prompted a change of shape for Spurs, Christian Eriksen will move out wide.

Dele Alli is moved into an advanced position now. And a little trick on the touchline almost leads to a second goal for the hosts. Spurs are pushing, though, and this crowd is right behind them.

Dele Alli rues a missed chance
Dele Alli rues a missed chance Getty Images

A change for Spurs at the break - and it's a sensible one, in my opinion.

And we're off again! Strap yourself in for another bumpy 45 minutes of action in Europe's premier club competition.

The managers on the touchline
The managers on the touchline Getty Images

Half-time: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Monaco

Some 45 minutes, that. Tottenham started well, before being caught by two sucker-punches. Thereafter, though, they showed good character to find a goal of their own and will still be confident of salvaging something from this match.

Other half-time scores:

  • Man City 2 -0 B M'gladbach
  • Club Brugge 0-2 Leicester
  • Bayer Levkn 2-2 CSKA
  • Legia Warsaw 0-3 Borussia Dortmd
  • Real Madrid 0-0 Sporting FC
  • Porto 1-0 FC Copenhagen
  • Juventus 0-0 Sevilla
  • Lyon 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Toby Alderweireld
Toby Alderweireld finds the net at Wembley Getty Images

And Spurs almost make it level before the break! This time, Lamela's cross is just inches away from Dele Alli's outstretched leg. The crowd were ready to explode then, but it wasn't to be.

Nick Howson at Wembley

Monaco have produced a classic European performance to leave Tottenham facing defeat on their return to the Champions League. Two mistakes and two goals for the team from the principality who have soaked up mountains of Spurs pressure before hitting them with a sucker-punch. Toby Alderweireld's header may give the home side hope of staging a second half comeback, but some harsh lessons have been dealt out in this opening 45 minutes. Still work to do for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

GOAL: Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Monaco (Alderweireld)

A much-needed lifeline for Spurs! A corner from the right side is bulldozed into the net by Toby Alderweireld!

Wembley is rocking and we have a cracking second-half in store.

The crowd are trying to life Spurs but, I suspect, they'll want the half-time whistle to blow to give them a bit of thinking time. This is a young side, remember, and this is all a bit of a shock to their system.

Eric Dier is one of a number of players who just haven't been at it' as they say, in this first half.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane goes into the book Getty Images

We're five minutes from the interval now and Spurs will be desperate to find a goal before the break.

The hosts started the game so brightly, but that enthusiasm has drained away pretty swiftly.

Monaco players celebrate
Monaco players celebrate Getty Images

Harry Kane has been booked at Wembley. He'll need to watch his step now - or this could soon become a real disaster for the Premier League team.

Club Brugge 0-2 Leicester City (Mahrez)

Whatever Manchester City can do, the Foxes can do too, eh!? Riyad Mahrez puts a brilliant freekick over the wall and into the net to double their lead.

Claudio Ranieri is thrilled with his side - and rightly so.

Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri watches his team from the touchline Getty Images

GOAL: Manchester City 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach (Aguero)

The hosts have doubled their lead from the spot - and it's Sergio Aguero with his second of the game. City are well on their way to another confidence-boosting win under Pep.

Sergio Aguero finds the net
Sergio Aguero finds the net Getty Images

GOAL: Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Monaco (Lemar)

This is going very wrong, very suddenly. Monaco have barely had a kick in all honesty, but Spurs look vulnerable to every attack.

On this occasion, Thomas Lemar finds the net from a cross - and it's a long way back from here for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Dele Alli wins the ball on the edge of his own box and sends a beautiful ball through to Harry Kane. The striker runs on to the ball, but is just beaten to it by a defender, who makes a last-ditch sliding tackle.

Spurs are pushing and pushing and pushing for an equalising goal here, though.

Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva shields the ball at Wembley Getty Images

Kyle Walker is getting plenty of opportunity to get forwards this evening. The England man just needs to find a white player in the centre with one of these crosses and Pochettino's men could soon be back in the game.

Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva finds the net Getty Images

Monaco have played this expertly so far, looking to catch Spurs on the counter-attack. And on more than one occasion, they have found themselves in two-on-two scenarios going forwards.

This is a really good game, with Spurs looking to impose their eye-catching style on their more experienced opponents.

Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao on the ball for Monaco Getty Images

Nick Howson at Wembley

Tottenham taught the harshest of lessons at the height of European club football. They dominate the opening quarter of an hour, but one mistake from Erik Lamela sees them concede in emphatic fashion. The Wembley noise, which was deafening at kick-off, has now subsided. Mauricio Pochettino's young side cruelly behind.

GOAL: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Monaco (Silva)

Spurs have dominated the opening 15 minutes but find themselves 1-0 down now.

Lamela lost the ball in a bad area of the field. Thereafter, Silva picked it up and moved into the box before firing a left-footed effort into the net. Some strike, that.

Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva celebrates his goal Getty Images

Harry Kane leads another Tottenham break. The ball falls to Lamela but he gets his touch all wrong and while the ball drops to Dele Alli, he also makes an error. Another opportunity slips by.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane was a central figure in the opening minutes Getty Images

GOAL: Manchester City 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach (Aguero)

He's back in the team and he's back on the scoresheet. Sergio Aguero gives City the lead, poking in Aleksander Kolarov's cross at the near post.

The perfect start for Pep Guardiola's men.

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero finds the net for the hosts Getty Images

Tottenham are on the front foot at the moment, with Harry Kane at the centre of their best work.

The England striker's cross from the right falls for Son at the far post. He takes a touch and shoots but Subasic saves well and Monaco survive.

Nabil Dirar
Nabil Dirar walks off the pitch with an injury Getty Images

GOAL: Club Brugge 0-1 Leicester (Albrighton)

That didn't take long, did it?! The Foxes take the lead through Marc Albrighton, who has found the net in Belgium.

Kyle Walker goes bombing forwards in the early stages but his low cross is well cleared.

Monaco already have an injury problem, meanwhile. Dirar has to go off and Lemar comes on.

Mauricio Pochettino watches on
Mauricio Pochettino watches on Getty Images

The game is under way, then, at a very, very enthusiastic Wembley Stadium. Spurs are playing in their traditional white and Monaco in a dark number.

Right then, it's time for the talking to stop and the performing to begin for Tottenham. This promises to be a night for remember, under the lights at Wembley.

Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao during the warm-up Getty Images

Nick Howson at Wembley

Daniel Levy will be loving this scene tonight. Tottenham playing in front of a record crowd, at the summit of the club game; it is all he has dreamed of in recent years. With a new 61,000 stadium on the way he will feel this is only the start of a stellar era in Spurs' history. No pressure lads.

Spurs fans outside Wembley
Spurs fans outside Wembley Getty Images

One man who will be determined to impress tonight is Radamel Falcao, who endured two miserable seasons in English football with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

The once-great centre-forward appeared to be a shadow of his former self in the Premier League - but has shown shoots of recovery since returning to Monaco.

His current boss, Leonardo Jardim, has backed the striker to excel at the home of English football.

"I'm convinced Falcao will get back to the level we saw him playing at Porto and Atletico Madrid," he said. "Certainly the work he is putting in to achieve this bodes well for the future and he is certainly striving hard to get back to how he was playing."

It's important to note that tonight is not the first time an English side has played their home matches at Wembley.

In the late 1990s, Arsenal hosted Europe's finest at the old, world-famous Twin Towers. It didn't work out, though, with the Gunners winning just two of their six games.

Arsenal played at Wembley in the 1990s
Arsenal played at Wembley in the 1990s Getty Images

Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will be looking to make their mark on the competition tonight. After Barcelona put down a marker against Celtic, Pep will be keen to show that his boys cannot be discounted.

City were hugely impressive during the first half of the Manchester derby and have field another star-studded line-up this evening. What's more, it's prefect football weather at the Etihad tonight.

The Etihad before kick-off
The Etihad before kick-off Getty Images

Nick Howson at Wembley

By my calculations six of the Tottenham starting eleven will be making their Champions League debuts tonight. Wembley is no stranger to many of them, particularly the England contingent, but given the stage and the enormity of the game how much of a factor may that prove tonight? Shepherded by Joao Moutinho Monaco have a tad more experience at this level, but even Leonardo Jardim's side can't be regarded as European veterans.

The crowd is pouring into Wembley, ahead of what promises to be an exciting evening of football. Can the Spurs players match their expectations?

Tottenham fans head into Wembley
Tottenham fans head into Wembley Getty Images

It promises to be a memorable night at Wembley, with Tottenham taking ownership of the ground briefly. The stadium is said to be jam-packed for the match and Mauricio Pochettino will hope his youngsters can rise to the occasion.

The scene at Wemblery before the game
The scene at Wemblery before the game Getty Images

Breaking team news:

It is a huge, huge night for Leicester City and their fans - and their team is as follows:

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Hernández, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton, Slimani, Vardy

Subs: Zieler, Chilwell, Musa, King, Gray, Ulloa, Wasilewski

Breaking team news:

The Manchester City team has been handed in, too, and it's a fearsome-looking line-up posted by Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sterling, Navas, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Nolito, Sane, Clichy, Iheanacho, Angelino

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero has been returned to the City side Getty Images

Nick Howson at Wembley

Tottenham supporters could not have asked for a more fitting setting to make their return to the Champions League. A sun-decked and sold out Wembley Stadium will play host to their European opener against Monaco tonight as Daniel Levy sees Spurs take their place where he feels they belong. There is a real cup final atmosphere around the home of English football where we might be in for one of the best atmosphere's this ground has ever seen.

In sharp contrast to last night, by the way, it looks to be a beautiful night in Manchester. That means the game at the Etihad is set to go ahead. At last.

The scene in Manchester last night
The scene in Manchester last night Getty Images

Breaking team news:

Right, the Spurs teamsheet has been handed in and it is as follows:

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Alli; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wanyama, Dembele, Sissoko, Janssen

Monaco: Subasic; Raggi, Glik, Jemerson, Sidibe; Fabinho, Bakayako; Dirar, Moutinho, Bernardo Silva; Falcao

Manchester City vs Borussia Monchengladbach preview

This one was called off last night, remember...

Pep Guardiola will be aware of Monchengladbach's strengths, having worked with Bayern Munich over the last three years. The Spaniard has previously tasted success with Barcelona but will be desperate to prove his detractors wrong by going all the way with City.

Monchengladbach come into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Freiburg, having taken the lead at half time through Thorgan Hazard. A double by Germany Under-21 midfielder Maximilian Philipp ended a run of consecutive victories for the Bundesliga club.

Pep Guardiola says Man City far away
Pep Guardiola is looking forward to his first Champions League game with City

Club Brugge vs Leicester City preview

Club Brugge qualified for this season's group stage of the Champions League after winning the Belgian Pro League last season.

Meanwhile, Leicester - the current English champions - enter this fixture after suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield. The Foxes are making their debut in the Champions League and will be looking to claim all three points tonight.

What the manager says...

Leonardo Jardim: "It should be a fairly close game. In comparison to last season, we are less fragile than in December [when Tottenham beat Monaco 4-1 at White Hart Lane] and we've strengthened. Spurs are a very competitive team, but we've got our plans that will hopefully help us.

"We're going out to try and win the game. The team are in a good place at the moment and our form is good in Ligue 1. Hopefully we'll put in a good performance that will allow us to get on the right path to qualification."

Leonardo Jardim
Leonardo Jardim leads Monaco in London tonight Getty Images

What the manager says...

Mauricio Pochettino: "It will be a historic moment for us. We need to go to Wembley to play, act naturally and try to win games – and not try to find excuses. We need to play and try to beat Monaco.

"That is the most important thing. It will be an exciting moment to play with Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League. It will be fantastic – it's difficult to describe the feeling. I think it will be exciting for everyone."

Dele Alli
Spurs come into the game on the back of a confidence-boosting win against Stoke City Getty Images


The French club have started the season in fine form and are currently unbeaten with three wins and a draw in their first four games of the campaign.

Leonardo Jardim's side will be hoping to keep the momentum going when they face the Premier League side on Wednesday.

The two clubs were paired in Group J in the Europa League last season with Tottenham winning their home game 4-1 with Erik Lamela scoring a hat-trick.


Tottenham welcome Monaco for their first Champions League group game of the campaign and it will be a historic moment as they will face off at Wembley Stadium rather than White Hart Lane.

The 'hosts' are set to play their European games this season at England's home stadium due to construction work taking place in part of their stadium.

Spurs are embarking on their second Champions League campaign, with their previous appearance coming during the 2010-11 campaign when they reached the quarter-finals.

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is poised to lead Spurs in the Champions League Getty

Good evening and welcome to IBTimes UK's coverage of the Champions League. Tottenham have returned to Europe's premier club competition this season and they are playing their home matches at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Leicester are making their long-awaited debut in the competition, while Manchester City are poised to play their opening match of the campaign, following last night's downpour in Manchester.

Plenty to look forward to, then, and we'll bring you the all-important team news as soon as it comes through.