Monaco seal Semi-final spot with a 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund
Monaco qualified for the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2004 after a 3-1 win (6-3 on aggregate) win over Borussia Dortmund.
Monaco took a two-goal lead in under 20 minutes through 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe one of the most wanted young star on the planet who found the back of the net from a rebound after a Benjamin Mendy long-range strike followed by a free header goal from former Chelsea and Manchester United flop ‘Radamel Falcao’. Marco Reus replied for the visitors two minutes after half-time.
Despite Dortmund improving in the second half and enjoying more of the ball, substitute Valere Germain sealed Monaco’s place in the semi-finals just seconds after he came off the bench.
It was a difficult task and tough Wednesday night for Dortmund with Monaco already leading 3-2 on a difficult night at Signal Iduna Park last week through Kylian Mbappe double and a Sven Bender own goal.
Marc Bartra, who was injured in the explosions near the Dortmund team bus last week, travelled but did not feature in the squad. The second leg kicked off five minutes late, with Dortmund saying the police held the team bus at the hotel for 20 minutes without any good reason.
Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Juventus and Monaco are the last four teams to do battle for the trouphy.
Over the course of the last five years, three of the aforementioned quartet have become familiar with the closing stages of the Champions League. The Monegasques, meanwhile, have flirted with relegation to France’s third tier since they appeared in the final of the 2004 edition. Now, though, Leonardo Jardim’s side look as strong as anyone in Europe.
The question is can Monaco match up with the ‘big weights’ in Champions League?