Falcao on target but Monaco beaten

UEFA Champions League

Radamel Falcao found the net but AS Monaco still slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Besiktas JK on Tuesday to leave their UEFA Champions League hopes in the balance.

Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

UEFA Champions League, Group G

Matchday 3 

 AS Monaco 1-2 Besiktas JK 

With his side having taken just a point from their opening two Group G games, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim had acknowledged anything but a win for his side would leave them struggling to reach the next round.

But last season's semi-finalists, surprisingly beaten 3-0 by Porto at the Stade Louis II in their last European outing, were on the back foot from the start.

In fact, they would have been behind just seven minutes in when Cenk Tosun's shot was parried into the path of Ryan Babel by Danijel Subasic — the Dutchman scored, but the offside flag denied him the opening goal.

Thomas Lemar stretched Fabri with a free-kick (18') but Atiba Hutchinson (21') and Talisca (29') both went close before Falcao struck — picked out by Keita Baldé, the Colombia international squirmed away from Pepe before firing home (30').

Tosun double

The lead lasted just four minutes as Cenk Tosun squeezed between two defenders to finish Ricardo Quaresma's ball (34'), his powerful, well-placed header leaving Subasic with no chance.

After good work from Almamy Touré, Baldé went close to putting the hosts back in front just before the interval (45+1'). Instead, the visitors seized the initiative and all three points early in the second half.

Quaresma found Tolgay Arslan, who sent a shot off a post — Babel picked up the ricochet and teed up Tosun, whose right-foot shot from close range was too good for Subasic (54').

THE PLAYER: Radamel Falcao
Back in the side after being rested for last Friday's trip to Olympique Lyonnais, the Colombia international again showed his importance to his side with yet another goal. Only it wasn't enough…

Falcao's goal was his 13th from 16 shots on target in all competitions this season.

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