Monaco Stun Dortmund With 2 Goals In Opening 20 Minutes

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

The match was hurriedly rescheduled for the next day and Monaco won 3-2 to put themselves in a strong position to reach the semifinals ahead of Wednesday's second leg. Monaco head in on the back of a four-game winning streak in all competitions: They came from behind to beat struggling Dijon and stay atop of their domestic table on Saturday. In another parallel, midfield great Zinedine Zidane was playing for Real Madrid back then and he is now the club's coach.

There was a high security presence near Monaco's stadium on Wednesday, with armed police - some with automatic rifles - patrolling the vicinity. "We're thinking about something else, we're not all stuck at home", he said.

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

The last time Fabinho did not play for Monaco, the French league leaders were thrashed by Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 in the League Cup final this month.

Marco Reus pulled a goal back for Dortmund three minutes after the break. Monaco also reached the last eight two seasons ago before losing to Juventus, one of their potential opponents in the semis. "I try to help by sharing my feelings and we learn things together through this process".

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel: "We've got this out of our system now and we're more stable emotionally. We were not good enough but I don't want to criticise the players". Then we made too many mistakes in our passing and positioning.

Dortmund said on their Twitter feed that the bus had been held up by police at their hotel for 20 minutes.

"We wanted to leave at 7:15 p.m".

Tuchel said the German club's bus was scheduled to leave one-and-a-half hours before kick-off and "everyone was there ready to go".

When the action got under way, hopes of a recovery from Dortmund were dealt an early setback when Mbappe swept Monaco in front after just three minutes.

Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin hit a post with a free-kick before Falcao headed in a second for Monaco on 17 minutes to all but end the match as a contest.

After the drama of last week's attack, this was a welcome return to euphoric, attacking football that was a joy to watch from start to finish.

Mbappe was sprung down the right channel moments later, but dragged his right-footed shot from an angle wide of the far post.

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