Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Monaco's Mbappe sets Champions League records against Borussia Dortmund

Monaco's Mbappe sets Champions League records against Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel says his side were in an "awkward mindset" when their team bus was delayed before Wednesday's Champions League second leg at Monaco.

Last week's first leg was postponed by 24 hours after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus en route to the game in Germany.

After beating Borussia Dortmund 3- 2 in the first leg in Germany, Monaco have handed themselves a golden opportunity to secure the semi-final ticket as Dortmund will now have to fight hard to upturn the deficit. "All that happened last week has made us stronger".

'I hope that Mbappe continues with us for a long time and gives us many great nights of football. "My goal is to aim the younger players in the team, help them if they want to talk about it and if I can offer them some support", said Reus, who scored last weekend in a 3-1 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt. "Maybe we'll need to score tomorrow to go through".

"We are here to win by two goals".

When the game finally went ahead at Signal Iduna Park Dortmund lost 3-2 and Tuchel later fumed at UEFA for allowing the match to be played at all. Leading the way is Radamel Falcao, the Colombian striker and team captain having scored his 27th of the season against Dortmund in a campaign that has relaunched his career after miserable loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea.

Leonardo Jardim insisted Monaco will stay true to their attacking philosophy after advancing to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Monaco will discover their semi-final opponents when the draw is made on Friday, with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus also progressing.

On the pitch, Dortmund conceded after just three minutes.

Dortmund keeper Roman Burki could only parry the ball, which fell straight to Mbappe and the 18-year-old coolly slotted into the bottom left corner. We play attacking football.

Before kick-off, the home fans showed solidarity by unveiling a banner which read: "BVB: You Will Never Walk Alone" as the anthem played out around the Stade Louis II.

Falcao lofted a shot narrowly over after breaking down the right in the 65th and Mbappe had a low shot saved moments later from a similar position.

The whole Monaco bench rushed to jump on him: a symbolic image of Monaco's teamwork.

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