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Spurs U-19s v AS Monaco U-19s, 21.02.18
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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    Champions Youth League, Round of 16, 2017-18
      Lamex Stadium, Broadhall Way, Stevenage
       Wednesday 21st February 2018, 12.45pm

            SPURS      v     AS MONACO
         (All White)        (Red/White)
           4-1-4-1            4-2-3-1

             1(0)               1(1)
Spurs won 3-1 on penalties

       Brandon Austin  1  Emmanuel Mifsud(C)
          Tariq Hinds  2  Yannis N'Gakoutou-Yapende
       Jamie Reynolds  3  Amilcar Silva
         Oliver Skipp  4  Julien Serrano
      Timothy Eyoma(C) 5  Benoit Mukinayi
Brooklyn Lyons-Foster  6  Ibrahima Diallo
 Tashan Oakley-Boothe  7  Mehdi Zarkane
        Paris Maghoma  8  Florian Antognelli
     Kazaiah Sterling  9  Nabil Alioui
           Jack Roles 10  Francesco Antonucci
      Keanan Bennetts 11  Moussa Sylla

          Jaden Brown 12  Han-Noah Massengo
      Jonathan De Bie 13  Kephren Ulien
                          (8)84Mins
        Reo Griffiths 14  Adrien Bongiovanni
                          (7)67Mins
         George Marsh 15  Edgaras Utkus
         Dylan Duncan 16  Hugo Hagege
            (7)86Mins
      Samuel Shashoua 17  Giuseppe Iglio
           (19)67Mins
                      18  Leroy Mfomo 

Scorers:-
          Bennetts 50     Alioui 43

Booked:-
       Roles 14(Foul)     Serrano 12(Foul)
                          Antognelli 63(Foul)

Coach:-
         Scott Parker     Frederic Barilaro

Attendance:-173

Referee: Ville Nevalainen(FIN)
Assistants: Jan-Peter Aravirta & Turrka Valjakka(FIN)
Fourth Official: John Brooks(ENG)

It was a chilly afternoon for the visit of AS Monaco who finished second in Group G behind Porto. They drew 2-2 with Molde in the play-offs winning the tie 4-2 on penalties. Spurs were in the same group as Monaco last season when Monaco did the double over Spurs winning 3-2 at Hotspur Way and 2-1 in Monaco. The winners would meet either Porto or last season's champions Salzburg.

Spurs lined up with Austin in goal behind Eyoma and Lyons-Foster with Hinds at right back and Reynolds on the left. Skipp anchored the midfield with Roles and Maghoma ahead of him flanked by Oakley-Boothe on the right and Bennetts on the left in support of Sterling up front.

Spurs attacked the South stand in the first half which was a tight affair. Both sides tried to play passing football on a poor pitch, but both pressed tightly as well which made the game too much of a stop and start game for pleasant viewing. With two solid defences there were few clear chances either.

Austin saved from Antognelli's shot from outside the area. Bennetts hit a free kick from the right just wide of the near post. Serrano was booked for stopping Sterling getting away down the right having already been spoken to by the referee. Roles soon followed him into the book when he had to stretch for the ball, winning it but catching Antognelli with a boot.

Austin saved a header by Alioui and his opposite number also saved a header from Sterling after good work by Bennetts on the left. Sylla drew a save with N'Gakoutou-Yapende following up with a effort from outside the area which Austin also saved. Roles hit a free kick wide of the left post. As half-time approached Skipp played in Bennetts for a chance that went wide. Monaco took the lead minutes from the break when a corner was recycled and headed back into the middle for Alioui to turn and drive in.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which continued like the first. Spurs got the equaliser when an attack down the left was not cleared and Bennetts worked space in the area before curling into the far side of the net. Reynolds had done well to win a challenge after which the ball ran to Bennetts on the left of the box.

Mukinayi started a move which saw Antonucci hit the near post with his volley. Austin saved another effort by Antonucci for a corner. When Bennetts broke out from the resulting corner he was tripped by Antognelli who was booked for the foul. N'Gakoutou-Yapende got down the right and fired over. Both sides made a change with Spurs replacing Roles with Shashoua who went to the right flank allowing Oakley-Boothe to move inside.

Shashoua played in Maghoma but his effort was blocked for a corner. Mukinayi broke out from the back and found himself with the goal in front of him but fired wide. Maghoma won a corner with a long range low drive. Sylla had a chance on the right but saw it deflected for a corner. Hinds got round the back on the right and pulled the ball back for Sterling to drive it against the crossbar.

With the game opening up as there would not be extra time the play became end to end. Antonucci drew a save from Austin and also fired wide twice before Bongiovanni tested Austin from a half cleared corner. Spurs made a second change with Oakley-Boothe giving way to Duncan. Mifsud saved a screamer from Sterling tipping it over. From the resultant corner Duncan drew a save. In added time Antonucci played in Alioui for a chance that was saved by Austin at the expense of a corner. Alioui had another chance when he was played through but failed to get a shot off thanks to Lyons-Forster.

The draw meant the game went to penalties. Shashoua was first up and saw his kick beat Mifsud diving to his right but hit the post. Alioui hit his the same side beating Austin who got a touch to go 1-0 up. Sterling took the second sending the keeper the wrong way. Bongiovanni hit the crossbar to make it 1-1. The third up was Maghoma who also went to the keeper's right to net but Antonucci saw his effort saved going the same side making it 2-1. Skipp was fourth and scored to Mifsud's left. Sylla hit the crossbar to make Spurs winners 3-1 on penalties. Spurs now have a home tie in the next round when they will meet Porto who beat Salzburg 3-1.

It was a close game in which Monaco had most possession, but with both defences on top few clear chances were created. Both scored a goal and both sides hit the woodwork. Importantly Monaco hit the woodwork twice more in the penalty shoot-out. Eyoma and Lyons-Foster did very well at the back, but all the players did well.

Barcelona beat PSG 1-0 and will play Atletico Madrid who put out Basel by the same score. Manchester City needed penalties to beat Inter after being held 1-1 and will play Liverpool who beat Manchester United 2-0. Real Madrid got past Bayen Munich 3-2 to set up a meeting with Chelsea who beat Feyenoord 5-2.

Ray

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