Monaco Stun Dortmund With 2 Goals In Opening 20 Minutes


AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has indicated that his side will go on attacking in the Champions League.

The Borussia Dortmund players have had to overcome a very hard situation this past week, but they would have been eager to get back to their best and make an impact in the away leg.

Nobody expected Monaco - conquerors of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the last round - to get this far but they have done it playing a superb brand of football that has yielded 141 goals so far this season.

"Our mistakes helped them to two early goals, which made things even more hard", he said.

Mbappe and resurgent forward Radamel Falcao scored early goals to put immediate pressure on Dortmund, which trailed 3-2 from the first leg of the quarterfinal in Germany.

Almamy Toure started at right-back with Djibril Sidibe still recovering from appendicitis, while teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe played alongside Radamel Falcao up front.

"In the second half we tried to rally again, but we were never able to follow up on our goal". An absolutely terrifying prospect in transition.

Monaco have won four of their last five games against German opposition and if their form is anything to go by, the boys from Monaco will be well on their way to reaching the semis for the first time since 2004.

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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.

At 31, Colombia forward Falcao is a relative veteran in this Monaco side and his experience in forward play complemented the penetrating runs and powerful dribbling of strike partner Mbappe.

"Now we need to put in a good performance and I am convinced we can do it".

The semifinalists for the 2016-17 season of the Champions League have been decided.

Last Tuesday in Germany, three explosions went off as the team headed to the stadium for the home leg against Monaco, leaving defender Marc Bartra needing hospital treatment following injuries to his wrist and arm after a window was shattered.

Reus pulled one back when he turned in a right-wing cross from substitute Ousmane Dembele to offer some hope, before Germain sprinted through to send Stade Louis II crowd into raptures. "I'm expecting to face a stronger team that has come through (what happened)", he said, adding that Monaco will not sit back and defend its lead.

Monaco has come a long way since July 27 past year - when it started in the qualifying rounds with a trip to Istanbul.

Much like in the first leg, the action was end to end and Bernardo Silva crashed a free header straight at Burki, while at the other end Sahin saw a curling 25-yard free-kick hit the inside of the right post and bounce clear.