Monaco 3 Borussia Dortmund 1 (6-3 on agg): Kylian Mbappe makes history to help hosts into last four

Alistair Tweedale
The Telegraph
Mbappe (second from right) and Falcao (right) put the game beyond Dortmund within 17 minutes - EPA
Mbappe (second from right) and Falcao (right) put the game beyond Dortmund within 17 minutes - EPA

Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao struck early as Monaco reached the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday that sealed a 6-3 aggregate victory.

French prodigy Mbappe and Colombia striker Falcao scored in the third and 17th minutes before Marco Reus gave the visitors hope with a 48th-minute goal, only for substitute Valere Germain to wrap up the win for the French side nine minutes from time.

Monaco joined Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the last four of Europe's premier cub competition.

Kick-off was delayed by five minutes after the German team arrived late at the Louis-II stadium due to traffic problems, UEFA said. Dortmund said on their Twitter feed that the bus had been held up by police at their hotel for 20 minutes.

The incident occurred a week after the first leg was postponed by 24 hours after the Borussia team bus was attacked with explosives on its way to the stadium.

<span>Mbappe fires Monaco in front</span> <span>Credit: AFP </span>
Mbappe fires Monaco in front Credit: AFP

Monaco fans unveiled a "You'll Never Walk Alone" banner, with the German team's anthem, which they share with Liverpool and Celtic, before kickoff.

Monaco, who have now scored three goals in each of their last five Champions League games, made a fast start.

Benjamin Mendy's fierce 25-metre strike was parried by Roman Burki into the path of Mbappe, who coolly slotted home to put the hosts ahead.

Mbappe became the first player to score in each of his first four Champions League knockout games, while only Real Madrid legend Raul scored more in the competition before his 19th birthday than Monaco's talisman.

Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund shots on goal

Dortmund came close to an equaliser when Nuri Sahin's free kick hit Danijel Subasic's left-hand post.

Monaco, however, doubled their tally three minutes later as Falcao perfectly timed his header to beat Burki from Thomas Lemar's cross from the left.

That left Dortmund with three goals to score to force extra time and coach Thomas Tuchel replaced midfielder Erik Durm with forward Ousmane Dembele.

The German side looked transformed after the break and they were quickly rewarded as Reus reduced the arrears when he volleyed home from Dembele's cross after a dazzling run by the Frenchman.

Monaco 2 - 0 Borussia Dortmund (Falcao, 17 min)

It spurred the visitors into action and Monaco started to look shaky as the 19-year-old Dembele proved a constant threat.

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

Germain replaced Mbappe and had an immediate impact as he latched on to Lemar's cross to score seconds after coming on.


Impressive stuff

I don't imagine any team will faze them, either.


Full time

Monaco have done it again, and they march on into the semi-finals after another convincing win. 

They deserved it over the two legs but that doesn't stop you feeling sorry for Dortmund, who had more than just the most free-scoring team in football to contend with - there were a fair few issues off the field, too

But there you have it, Monaco join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the final four of the Champions League. And they won't fear anyone.


Time on ball (at full time)

Possession: Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund 9:41PM

Average touch positions (full time)

Average touch positions (full time) 9:37PM

90 mins

Just two minutes added on.


89 mins



87 mins

Dortmund know they're not getting back into this and Pulisic loops a weak effort over the bar from the edge of the box.


86 mins

A mistake by Sokratis allows Silva in on goal but the defender recovers brilliantly so save a certain fourth goal and get a tackle in at the last chance.



Game over. Tie over. And Dortmund are the makers of their own downfall once again.

Piszczek gifts possession to Lemar, who is away in the blink of an eye down the left. He looks up to see a fresh Germain trying to keep up on his right. Lemar squares, via the toe of Sokratis and Germain comes in to finish with his first touch after coming off the bench.

Monaco 3 - 1 Borussia Dortmund (Valère Germain, 81 min) 9:28PM

81 mins

Mbappe, who does look tired, trudges off the pitch, replaced by Valere Germain.  

<span>Can Reus inspire a comeback?</span>
Can Reus inspire a comeback?


79 mins

What a touch from Thomas Lemar to bring a high ball under control with such precision as he goes through on goal. He then squares for Mbappe but he can't quite sort his feet out and the chance peters out.


76 mins

Moutinho wins a corner after good work from Lemar and Bakayoko down the left. Moutinho takes it and Bakayoko meets it but he doesn't keep his header down. Into the final 15 minutes and Dortmund are on top. Just.


Time on ball (60 - 75 min)

Possession: Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund 9:22PM

74 mins

Dembele scoops a beautiful pass over the Dortmund defence for Kagawa, who nods it down for Reus, but he volleys straight at Subasic. Was that THE chance?

Attempt Saved: Monaco 2 - 1 Borussia Dortmund (Marco Reus, 74 min) 9:19PM

72 mins

Young Christian Pulisic comes on for Guerreiro for the final 18 minutes.


69 mins

Mbappe very nearly makes it 3-1, drifting  through on goal from a pass from Dirar, but his low shot is palmed wide by Burki. The ref, for a third time in quick succession, gets the call wrong and gives a goal kick.


66 mins

It's end-to-end stuff with Dortmund racing up the other end and Dembele wasting a chance to cross from the right before Schmelzer fires an effort straight at Subasic.

A first sub for Monaco as Nabil Dirar replaces Falcao. It looks like he has gone onto the right with Silva moving into the middle, behind Mbappe.


65 mins

That was the chance to end it for Falcao. A long, straight ball finds the striker yards behind the defensive line, but Sokratis has played him on. He doesn't have the pace to get away from the other defenders but he does have the nous to cut back and create himself space for a shot, but he pokes at it and it goes over the bar.

Miss: Monaco 2 - 1 Borussia Dortmund (Falcao, 65 min) 9:11PM

63 mins

Dembele wins a corner. Guerreiro to take again, but Monaco clear and Mbappe is very nearly away, but Weigl flies into a challenge, which he has to get right and the attack comes to an early end.


61 mins

Lemar and Mendy combine well again, before the former puts a cross to the near post for Falcao to throw his head at, but Sokratis does enough to keep it out - and win a goal kick while he's at it.


Time on ball (45 - 60 min)

Possession: Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund 9:06PM

58 mins

Good work from Aubameyang to win a corner. Guerreiro whips it in and it is flicked on at the near post before glancing off Toure and away to safety. The referee incorrectly awards a goal kick.


55 mins

Dortmund are on top now and it's Monaco that can't get out of their own half for the time being. Reus looks very lively indeed and maybe this tie isn't over after all. Monaco will always be a threat on the counter, though.


51 mins

Another Monaco chance, this time for Falcao, but he gets too much on the header and can't direct it goalwards.


50 mins

Monaco go charging up the other end and Toure nearly restores Monaco's three-goal aggregate lead with a looping flicked header, but Burki turns it over the bar acrobatically.



They can't do this, can they? Surely, surely not! What a run from Dembele to dance past Mendy down the right, and then he pulls back to the arriving Marco Reus, who finishes with aplomb. Game on... maybe.

Monaco 2 - 1 Borussia Dortmund (Marco Reus, 48 min) 8:52PM

Another Dortmund change

Marcel Schmelzer replaces Nuri Sahin.

And then Monaco get the second half started.


Half time

And Monaco's lightning quick start to the match is the difference at the break. There was a worry that Dortmund would start slowly after their bus was delayed on the way to the stadium and you can't afford to do that against this Monaco team.

Mbappe and Falcao punished the visitors, who grew back into the game after Dembele came off the bench, but I can't see them scoring three in this second half.

I also can't see them not scoring, either, though.


Time on ball (first half)

Possession: Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund 8:37PM

Average touch positions (half time)

Average touch positions (half time) 8:35PM

44 mins

It has been all Dortmund for the last 10 minutes but Monaco race up the pitch with Lemar, who very nearly slips Mbappe in but it is just overhit and Burki gets to it first.


41 mins

Kagawa is fouled right on the edge of the box and Reus shoots from the free kick but it's is easy for Subasic to get to. 


40 mins

What a huge chance for Dortmund! Kagawa has come alive and he dances through a couple of challenges before laying the ball off to Guerreiro on the left. He tries to square for Aubameyang instead of shooting and the ball is cleared. 


39 mins

Dortmund are improving with each minute, and Dembele is playing a part in everything. He links up with Kagawa well and then drills a ball into Reus, who tries to turn it round the corner into Aubameyang's path but there is too much on it and Subasic gets off his line well to smother.


36 mins

Better from Dortmund, as Sahin starts a move off with a great tackle. Kagawa tries to slip Aubameyang in on goal as they break but the striker has strayed offside. Promising, at least.


35 mins

Sahin finds Guerreiro with a good raking ball out to the left, but his drilled cross is too close to Glik, who will beat Aubameyang in the air all night. Dortmund need to get the ball in to their dangerman's feet. Kagawa, meanwhile, has been totally anonymous.


33 mins

It's been a lively start at the Stade Louis II.

Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund shots on goal 8:22PM

31 mins

Dembele is taking the game to Monaco, and he wins a free-kick in a decent position, but Reus's cross is underhit and Monaco clear. That's a real waste.


Time on ball (15 - 30 min)

Possession: Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund 8:18PM

28 mins

With that change Guerreiro has gone to left back in a back four and Dembele will be on the right in a three behind Aubameyang.


26 mins

Thomas Tuchel isn't happy with the start his side have made and Ousmane Dembele is being readied on the touchline. They need something drastic to change soon. He replaces the unfortunate Eric Durm.


24 mins

An wicked inswinging cross from Lemar is almost deflected into his own net by Durm, but it goes behind for a corner. Dortmund manage to get that one clear.


23 mins

Monaco burst forward again and Toure is only just stopped by the backtracking Guerreiro. Corner to Monaco.


22 mins

The response after the second goal has just been wave after wave of further Dortmund attack. They are rampant and won't give Dortmund a second's rest. The Germans need to get a foothold in this game, and fast.



Borussia Dortmund up against it now - Falcao makes it 2-0 to Monaco on the night and 5-2 on aggregate, and what a goal that was.

Brilliant build-up play is swiftly turned into a lightning attack when Lemar goes bursting through midfield. He exchanges passes with Mendy and Mbappe, before planting a perfect cross onto Falcao's head, and he makes no mistake. That's 140 Monaco goals for the season. Unreal.

Monaco 2 - 0 Borussia Dortmund (Falcao, 17 min) 8:06PM

Time on ball (0 - 15 min)

Possession: Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund 8:06PM

14 mins - Off the post!

Burki then launches the ball up field and Aubameyang is brought down on the edge of the Monaco box.

Nuri Sahin takes the free kick and whips it over the wall left-footed. He beats Subasic and the ball comes back off the inside of the post and runs away! Guerreiro's follow up cross goes straight out. So close to an equaliser!

Out: Monaco 1 - 0 Borussia Dortmund (Raphael Guerreiro, 14 min) 8:04PM

13 mins

Great build up by Monaco, with Lemar and Mbappe combining well, before Mendy overlaps and dinks a cross to the back post, where Silva is arriving, but his header is tame and Burki saves.


12 mins

Falcao darts across his marker to get to a cross first, but he goes with his head and has to stoop, and can't get a clean connection on it.


9 mins

Dortmund have responded well, and attack with Aubameyang finding Durm, whose low, drilled cross finds Reus in a great position but his shot is straight at Subasic. 


7 mins

Subasic, in the Monaco goal, is closed down by Aubameyang and tries to twist and turn his way out of trouble, but gets tackled and is fortunate the ball falls kindly for him to poke it out of play. A let off.


What a man



Guess who? He just can't stop scoring can he? Kylian Mbappe has given Monaco the lead.

Mendy strides forward from left back and hits a stinging effort that swerves just before it reaches Burki in the Dortmund goal, so he can't keep hold of it. He palms it downwards and straight to Mbappe, who just doesn't EVER miss, and he tucks home the opener.

Monaco 1 - 0 Borussia Dortmund (Kylian Mbappe, 3 min) 7:52PM

1 min

Positive start from Dortmund with Reus found in the box but he can't get his shot off and Bakayoko brings it clear. Monaco race straight up the other end. This match is going to be fun, isn't it?


And we're off

Can Dortmund do it? Let's find out.


The players are out

And while play has got underway in Barcelona - which you can follow here - we are nearly ready in Monaco.


To the football

Right, so here's the situation: Monaco won 3-2 in Germany last week, so Dortmund need to score three goals tonight or win 2-0, but keeping a clean sheet against this Monaco team is pretty difficult.

The French side, currently top of Ligue 1, have failed to score in only two games all season, last doing so in December at Bayer Leverkusen, when they played a reserve side with top spot in Group E already secured.

The powered past Manchester City and it will take an almighty effort for Dortmund to stay in the competition beyond tonight. Stopping this young man will be half the job:

<span>Kylian Mbappe is one of the hottest prospects in world football</span> <span>Credit: Reuters </span>
Kylian Mbappe is one of the hottest prospects in world football Credit: Reuters


Marc Bartra to play his part

Bartra, who was injured in the attack on the Dortmund bus last week and so can't play tonight, has travelled with the team and is being applauded as he walks across the pitch.

Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has also announced that Barta will address the team just before they head onto the pitch.


The players are now at the stadium

I should make it clear, the players are at the Stade Louis II and warming up. They look concentrated and motivated, so let's hope the earlier delay hasn't distracted them ahead of this second leg, after they had to go ahead with the first leg despite their bus being attacked.


Hmm, a little odd, this.

Hopefully nothing and we can get on with football without any distractions now.


Kick off delayed

There is nothing to worry about, though - the Dortmund team bus was delayed on its way to the stadium by 20 minutes, so kick off has been pushed back by five minutes to 7.50pm.


The teams are in

Mendy and Bakayoko come in for Raggi and the suspended Fabinho for Monaco

Subašić; Touré, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Moutinho, Bakayoko; Silva, Lemar; Falcao, Mbappé.

Marco Reus starts for the visitors in what I make a 4-2-3-1. Dembele, Bender and Schmelzer drop out.

Borussia Dortmund: Bürki; Piszczek, Ginter, Sokratis, Durm; Weigl, Sahin; Reus, Kagawa, Guerreiro; Aubameyang



What is it?

It's Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund, second leg of the Champions League quarter final - the French side hold a 3-2 lead from the first leg in Dortmund.

When is it?

Wednesday April 19. Tonight!

What time is kick-off?

19.45 BST, as per.

What TV channel is it on?

BT Sport 3 and BT Sport 3 HD. Alternatively, we will be bringing you live coverage of the match right here.

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What is the team news?


Benjamin Mendy returns from injury and should slot into the side in place of Andrea Raggi at right back after the Italian's defensive frailties were exposed in the second half in Dortmund.

<span>Double goalscorer Kylian Mbappe (left) trains with Benjamin Mendy (left) who returns to the Monaco squad after injury</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Double goalscorer Kylian Mbappe (left) trains with Benjamin Mendy (left) who returns to the Monaco squad after injury Credit: Getty Images

But the French side will miss the ballast that defensive midfielder Fabinho provides in front of the back four; the Brazilian is suspended after picking up a booking in the first leg.

Possible line up: (4-4-2) Subašić; Touré, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Bernardo Silva, Bakayoko, Moutinho, Lemar; Falcao, Mbappé

Misses next match if booked: Jemerson, Falcao, Germain, Lemar, Sidibé


The visitors have Marco Reus back from a six-week lay off with a hamstring injury, the forward scored Dortmund's first goal to set them on course for a 3-1 victory over Frankfurt on the weekend.

Defender Marc Bartra is expected to be out for around a month having fractured his wrist when the team bus was attacked prior to the rescheduled tie last week.

Mario Gotze (illness) and Andre Schurrle (achilles) remain sidelined.

<span>Marco Reus returns from a hamstring injury</span> <span>Credit: &nbsp;AFP </span>
Marco Reus returns from a hamstring injury Credit:  AFP

Possible line up: (4-1-4-1) Bürki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Bender, Schmelzer; Weigl; Dembélé, Castro, Reus, Guerreiro; Aubameyang.

Misses next match if booked: Ginter, Guerreiro, Papastathopoulos, Schmelzer

What are they saying?

Leonardo Jardim

Our team are used to playing a certain way and we won't change our DNA. Maybe we'll need to score to go through. We expect Dortmund to be much stronger than in the first leg. They have Castro and Reus back and they're two very important players for them.

Our minds have to stay on tomorrow's game. We're 90 minutes away from reaching the semis but our opponents are in the same situation. We need to approach this as we have all our Champions League matches this season.

Thomas Tuchel 

We need to play well and I'm convinced we can do it. I have brought a quality squad here and we're capable of winning by two clear goals. We must find the balance between defence and attack.

We are an attacking side and we'll try to create as many chances as possible. Our trademark is scoring goals. What we must avoid is losing the ball as easily as we did for Monaco's third goal in the first leg. We will attack from the first minute until the 90th.

What are the odds?

  • Monaco win: 21/10 

  • Monaco to qualify: 4/11 

  • Dortmund win: 11/10 

  • Dortmund to qualify: 5/2 

  • Draw: 3/1

What's our prediction?

More goals. Four of them. And an even split at that. 2-2.

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