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Two goals in the opening 31 minutes laid the foundation for French football side AS Monaco to beat England's Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a Champions League match at the Wembley stadium.

Tottenham began purposefully but were rocked when Bernardo Silva hammered in a drive off the far upright corner of the net from a Monaco counter-attack in the 15th-minute on Wednesday. Thomas Lemar, a seventh-minute substitute for Nabil Dirar, then doubled the lead after Djibril Sidibe's cross fell on his path.

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AS Monaco crushed Lille OSC 4-1 at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy to cement top spot in the Ligue 1 standings, opening up a three points lead over defending champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are currently on the fourth place.

Just 17 minutes into the game, Monaco were already two goals to the good with Djibril Sidibe's opener and Adama Traore's close-range finish getting them firing on Saturday.

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FC Porto, AS Monaco, Glasgow Celtic, Legia Warszawa and Ludogorets Razgrad all qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage following the completion of the second-leg of contests.

The Portuguese side on Tuesday thumped AS Roma 3-0 in the Italian capital to win 4-1 on aggregate. Roma, who battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Portugal, fell behind in the 8th minute to a goal by Porto's Felipe, while visiting goalkeeper Iker Casillas made a pair of key stops. The home team was reduced to nine men with the expulsions on either side of half-time of Daniele de Rossi and Emerson Palmieri and conceded two more goals in the final 20 minutes.

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Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain began their Ligue 1 title defence with a hard earned win against Bastia, while AS Monaco were held to a draw by Guingamp on Day 1 of the new season in France. PSG defeated Bastia 1-0, while Monaco drew 2-2 with Guingamp on Friday night.

PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute on Friday, after Bastia defended manfully against an under-strength PSG side for well over an hour, but their resolve was finally broken as the former Borussia Dortmund man played a good one-two and produced an acrobatic scooped finish over the defender on the line as Bastia's goalkeeper had been pulled out of position.

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Spanish football club Villarreal will play their Champions League qualifying tie against Monaco on August 20 with just one fit striker after it was confirmed on Wednesday that Roberto Soldado will be out of action for around six months.

Soldado will need an operation after breaking the cruciate ligament in his right knee in a friendly game against Deportivo la Coruna on Tuesday night after landing badly following an aerial challenge.

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Lewis Hamilton picked up his first win of the 2016 Formula One season, and chose a great venue to do it, winning the Monaco Grand Prix, beating Pole sitter Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing by a little over 7 seconds in what was an incredibly exciting race, especially over the first hour or so. Sergio Perez of Force India picked up a memorable third place finish, quelling a late challenge from 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari.

The race started behind the Safety Car as steady rain left the track wet, forcing the drivers to stay in formation for the first 7 laps. Nico Rosberg was clearly not on the pace today, and the world championship leader was holding back Hamilton in third place as Ricciardo opened up a 12 second gap. Mercedes eventually ordered Rosberg to move over and let Hamilton through, a decision that could prove costly in the end to Rosberg's aspirations of winning his first Drivers' Championship with the German finishing a poor seventh today, seeing his lead over Hamilton cut down to 24 points as a result of Hamilton's win.

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Red Bull Racing brought their excellent form from Spain to Monaco this weekend with Daniel Ricciardo stunning the battling Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to take the first pole position of his career.

Ricciardo made the most of the upgrades to his engine - which gives him an extra 30bhp of raw pace - to beat Rosberg to pole by 0.169 seconds.

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