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Besiktas maintain perfect start after Tosun double sinks Monaco

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Cenk Tosun scored twice as Besiktas registered their third straight victory of the campaign after a 2-1 win at Monaco to move one step closer to qualifying for the knockout stage.

Monaco, last season’s swashbuckling semifinalist, are heading the other way with one point from three matches.

However, with Liepzig beating Porto 3-2 in Group G’s other game, Monaco still have a chance. With three games left, Liepzig have four points and Porto three.

Radamel Falcao put Monaco ahead in the 30th minute after running onto Keita Balde’s well-timed pass and guiding the ball into the right corner. It was the Colombian’s 13th goal of the season.

Monaco’s lead lasted three minutes, as weak defending allowed veteran right winger Ricardo Quaresma space to ping an accurate cross that Tosun met with a close-range header.

Tosun showed more poaching instincts, finishing neatly after midfielder Tolgay Arslan’s shot came back off the post in the 54th.

Monaco scored more than 150 goals in all competitions last season, winning Ligue 1 in style and falling to Italian champion Juventus in the Champions League semifinals.

But this side have none of the same verve after key players were sold in the offseason.