Champions League: Monaco Charge Into Semi-Finals After Vibrant Win Against Dortmund

Roman Burki says Borussia Dortmund lacked focus early in their 3-1 Champions League defeat at Monaco amidst the fall-out from last week's bomb attack on their team bus.

The Ligue 1 leaders, the first team in the Champions League to reach the last four after going through two preliminary rounds, had the game nearly wrapped up after early goals by youngster Kylian Mbappe and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.

The two-time France global lashed home a loose ball inside the Dortmund box, making him the first player to score in his first four consecutive Champions League knockout games.

Last Tuesday, 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.

The 8.45pm (2.45am on Thursday, Singapore time) kickoff in Monaco was delayed by five minutes after Borussia were held up by traffic, UEFA said, but Dortmund gave another explanation following a 3-1 loss that sent them out of the competition.

The Germany global was dragged off after only 26 minutes as Monaco had attacked freely down his channel and raced into a 2-0 lead through goals by Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao. A normally loose Monaco side defended stoutly before wrapping up the tie for good when Valere Germain scored in the 81st minute, just 22 seconds after coming off the bench to replace the impressive Mbappe.

Monaco will discover their semi-final opponents when the draw is made on Friday, with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus also progressing.

Thomas Tuchel: "We need to play well and I am convinced we are capable of doing it".

"Eight days after the attacks you should not attach too much importance to the performance of the players", he said. We are representing a whole country.

Leonardo Jardim: "Our team is used to playing with a DNA which will not change". But Dortmund are a great team with great players.

"We're happy to be in the semi-finals, it's important for French football", Falcao said.

Whatever the reasons behind the travel issues, there was nothing but support for Dortmund inside the ground.

Falcao's strike partner Kylian Mbappe scored twice in last week's opener to assist his side to set up a 3-2 edge ahead of the return clash in the Stade Louis II on Wednesday.

The rearranged quarter-final first leg was played just a day removed from an attack on Thomas Tuchel's team looked out of touch against the slick Monaco attack.

And Dortmund coach Tuchel had few complaints, telling reporters: "We started well with one or two risky moves where we found some space and then conceded an unlucky goal".

"That destroyed our belief a bit".

"We played well in Dortmund in the second half despite the circumstances".



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