Monaco outclass Dortmund to book semi-final spot

Monaco booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2004 with a 3-1 (6-3 aggregate) win over Borussia Dortmund at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday.

  • Monaco 3 Borussia Dortmund 1
  • Mbappe opens scoring from close range
  • Falcao doubles lead with header
  • Reus pulls one back after HT
  • Germain adds Monaco's third late on

Match Summary

Leonardo Jardim's side took the lead early on through Kylian Mbappe's finish from close range, after Benjamin Mendy found space down the Monaco left flank. The hosts then doubled their lead after 17 minutes when Thomas Lemar's cross found the head of Radamel Falcao, who netted with a diving header.

Dortmund pulled one goal back in the 48th minute after Ousmane Dembele found Marco Reus, who made no mistake with his snap shot from inside the box.

Nine minutes from full-time, Monaco got their third when Valere Germain latched onto Lemar's cross to send Monaco into the last four.

Full Report

The hosts made the perfect start to the night and once again it was Kylian Mbappe – the scorer of two in the first leg – to the fore.

With three minutes gone on the clock, Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy found some space on the right of the Dortmund defense, and after beating two players, fired away a shot. 

Roman Burki in the BVB goal made a fine save to deny the French international, but Mbappe was at hand to fire home the rebound.

After Marco Reus flashed wide, Nuri Sahin nearly brought the Germans level in the 14th minute with a sweetly-struck shot, only for the midfielder's effort to cannon into the right post.

Three minutes later, though, Monaco dealt a telling blow to Dortmund's chances of a revival. Thomas Lemar found acres of space in the opposition half and his pin-point cross found the head of Radamel Falcao, who nodded home spectacularly to double the hosts' lead.

Conceding twice in the opening 20 minutes forced Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel into a change of tactics, as Erik Durm was replaced Ousmane Dembele 27 minutes in.

With time running out in the first half, a wonderful pass from Marco Reus nearly played in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Danijel Subasic in the Monaco goal was quick off his line to snuff out the chance.

Shortly after the break, the visitors were handed a lifeline when Dembele displayed great vision to find Reus in the Monaco box, and the German international showed kept his composure to slam the ball into the top right corner.

While Dortmund sniffed a way back into the tie, Monaco continued to create the better chances, and in the 51st minute, Falcao could have put this one to bed. 

The Colombian did remarkably well to get onto the end of another cross and made a sweet connection with his header, only to see his effort go past the left post.

To Dortmund's credit, they stuck to their task manfully, but it was Monaco who looked more likely to add to their score, and in the 65th Falcao had another guilt-edged chance, but once again he fluffed it.

With only the keeper to beat, the striker opted for the chip but his effort sailed harmlessly over the cross-bar.

Tiemoue Bakayoko was the next to go close, but despite making a good connection from a corner, the midfielder's header flew tantalisingly over the bar. 

In the 81st minute, Monaco got the third goal they arguably deserved and once again Lemar was instrumental.

The midfielder's accurate cross deep into the Dortmund penalty area where it was met by Valere Germain, whose deft first touch bought him enough time to fire his shot away into the centre of the goal.