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Mbappe, Falcao send Monaco into semi-finals

Mbappe, Falcao send Monaco into semi-finals Mbappe, Falcao send Monaco into semi-finals
Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 06:41

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No problem. We'll be making completely FREE highlights available right here on and on the BT Sport app shortly after the final whistle is blown. It got worse for Dortmund when Sven Bender scored an own goal in the 35th minute.

There is no Marc Bartra, the Spanish defender who needed surgery on a broken wrist suffered in the attack on the Dortmund team bus that forced the first leg to be postponed by 24 hours.

But Mbappe was always looking to break on the counter, though it was Falcao who should have killed the tie off in the 65th minute, but he failed to repeat the awesome "dink" he scored at Manchester City in the round of 16, when given plenty of time and space. That left Dortmund with three goals to score to force extra time, and Tuchel replaced midfielder Erik Durm with forward Ousmane Dembele.

The team bus of German Bundesliga soccer club is escorted by police officers as it arrives at the Louis stadium before the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Monaco and Dortmund in Monaco, Wednesday April 19, 2017.

After being out of the game for six weeks with an injury, Reus made a sensational return last weekend scoring a dream goal in Dortmund's 3-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt. Bartra, on the other hand, is expected to be unavailable for around a month with a hand fracture.

Leonardo Jardim: "Our team is used to playing with a DNA which will not change". "We want to maintain that momentum".

"Tomorrow it'll be a qualifying match and we're just midway through the quarter final".

"Of course it affected everyone on our team", Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic told British broadcaster BT, sidestepping questions about whether the game should have gone ahead so soon after a traumatic incident.

The form of Mbappe is likely to be key to Monaco's prospects of reaching the Champions League final for the first time since losing 3-0 to Porto in 2004.

"I wasn't thinking about it anymore once the game started, but I don't know if the players were, you would have to ask them that", he said through a translator at the post-match news conference. We have a good mix between experienced and young players. In this situation, the chances of retaliatory attacks from the Monegasques will be plenty, considering not too reliable defense "Borussia", we would not be in a hurry with the rates on the German club, at least not lose Monegasques are quite capable.

"In the first match we were not ready to play football. They've [Gonzalo] Castro and [Marco] Reus back and they're two crucial players for them".

"We are no dreamers".

Monaco, however, had a golden chance to wrap up their qualification shortly after the hour but Falcao's chip went over the bar.