Monaco beats Dortmund to reach Champions League semifinals

Monaco eye history as Dortmund risk elimination

The first leg was not without its problems, after it was delayed by 24 hours following an attack on the Borussia Dortmund bus, leaving defender Marc Bartra with a broken arm. Understandably the events of last week are not to be forgotten but a team with the class and professionalism of Dortmund will be sure come out firing, especially since star man Marco Reus is set to make his return. We are 90 minutes away from qualifying.

Leaving aside the hard circumstances of the first leg, the scale of the task facing 1997 European champions Dortmund is a huge one - prior to this week only two teams had won a Champions League knockout tie after losing the first leg at home. It was Monaco's 141st goal of an incredible season that has captured the imagination and made the rest of Europe take notice.

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who had a spell on loan at Monaco in 2010/11 - is in form in the competition, having scored seven times in eight Champions League games this term.

They also meet PSG in a mouth-watering Cup semi-final on April 26 but the first thing on their minds will surely be to try to emulate their 2004 Champions League achievement, when they reached the final and lost 3-0 to Porto. "We're ready and focused", he told reporters.

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

"We will not be favorites next year but we need to qualify first and then be as unpleasant to play against as possible". It's up to us to play as we've done because the start of the season.

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.

Dortmund made a good contest of the first leg despite exponential odds and scored two crucial goals to lower the deficit through Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa in the second half. "I think Dortmund are stronger psychologically".

Ahead of the return match, Dortmund players were escorted to the airport by police, WDR reported, as security was tightened.

Monaco then doubled their lead on 17 minutes following a flowing break when Thomas Lemar curled the ball into the Dortmund box from the left and Falcao dispatched a diving header into the bottom right corner.

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