Monaco, Juventus advance to Champions League semis
Apr 21 2017
Kylian Mbappe reached a Champions League milestone as Monaco swept away Borussia Dortmund 6-3 on aggregate after a 3-1 victory in their second-leg quarterfinal tie at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday.
The first leg was not without its problems, after it was delayed by 24 hours following an attack on the Borussia Dortmund bus, leaving defender Marc Bartra with a broken arm.
Marco Reus has returned to first-team action and should start against Monaco with Borussia Dortmund 3-2 down from the first leg.
Monaco won the first leg 3-2 at Signal Iduna Park, with Mbappe scoring a brace in the fixture. "The police was there to escort us and we asked them why we couldn't move and they just said 'for safety reasons.' You can imagine that eight days after the attack that (this is) the worst thing that can happen".
Monaco then made the Germans' task all-but-impossible three minutes later - Falcao found space in front of Matthias Ginter and steered in Thomas Lemar's cross from the left with a diving header.
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao stunned the Manchester City fans with an expert chip over the keeper sending City crashing out of the Champions League.
Dortmund pushed for another goal in the closing stages, but it was the French outfit who grabbed the third goal in the 81st minute courtesy of a strike from substitute Valere Germain, who scored his first touch of the game.
Juventus join holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday's semi-final draw.
UEFA said heavy traffic was to blame for the delay in the visitors arriving, but Tuchel told Sky Germany: "Let's say that the incident is very unfortunate".
Thomas Tuchel: "We need to play well and I am convinced we are capable of doing it". It is up to us to play as we have done since the beginning of the season.
The France worldwide then took his reputation to new heights at Signal Iduna Park where he scored either side of half-time to secure a 3-2 victory before scoring again at the Stade Louis II.
Dortmund made a good contest of the first leg despite exponential odds and scored two crucial goals to lower the deficit through Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa in the second half.
"I feel valued and supported by everyone in the club, by the players and from the supporters", Falcao said. "I wish them the best and I think they can win the title".
"We played a very solid game, we were in control but we showed ambition".
With Dortmund pushing forward in numbers, Monaco was stretched down both flanks but, equally, it was left exposed to Monaco's slick counterattacking.