Our Champions League campaign started with a setback at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening as we opened Group E with a 2-1 defeat to Monaco, despite a battling second half performance.
The visitors raced into a two-goal lead within half an hour, Bernardo Silva firing them ahead after 15 minutes before Thomas Lemar doubled their advantage, although they were the only real attempts at goal that Monaco had in that first period.
But we reduced the deficit just before half-time when Toby Alderweireld powered a header past Danijel Subasic to give us something to fight for in the second half and we gave it a real go after the break. Dele Alli had a volley tipped over, Christian Eriksen had a couple of efforts blocked and Subasic was there to deny Harry Kane late in the game as we mounted sustained pressure on the Monaco goal.
Unfortunately, though, we just couldn’t find the breakthrough to level the game and it was the Ligue 1 visitors who left Wembley with the points.
A crowd of 85,011 packed into the stadium, breaking three records in the process. It was our highest home attendance of all time, the highest crowd for an English club at home in the Champions League and the highest attendance ever for a club game in England.
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