Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Mbappe helps fire Monaco to Champions League semis

Mbappe helps fire Monaco to Champions League semis

Radamel Falcao has warned Monaco can not actually afford to take qualification for granted when they confront Borussia Dortmund in the next leg of the Champions League quarterfinal.

Mbappe suggested Monaco's attacking tactics and their teamwork have been the decisive factors in the Ligue 1 leaders making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2003-04, when they lost to Porto in the final.

His latest goal, three minutes into the match, set Monaco on their way to another stunning victory over a heavily favoured side and also sealed a new precedent in Champions League football.

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

The first leg of the Monaco and Borussia Dortmund quarterfinal was delayed a day, after a bomb was exploded near the Dortmund team bus. "We will enjoy ourselves and draw on our qualities", said Jardim. "We were not good enough but I don't want to criticise the players".

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. We have to keep going along the same lines and look at what didn't work so well today; I think that at some points we were too passive, we sat too deep.

Monaco won the rescheduled game at Dortmund 3-2 last Wednesday, with Borussia Dortmund clear that they thought it was a game they shouldn't have had to play so soon.

Despite his impressive displays this season, Ousmane Dembele was left on the bench, a puzzling move from Thomas Tuchel.

The Germans then needed three goals without reply, and came agonisingly close to reducing the deficit when S ahin curled a 20-yard free-kick over the wall but against the inside of the post before the ball bounced along the goal-line and away.

The 27-year-old will be key for Thomas Tuchel's side, who will be without Marc Bartra [wrist], Mario Gotze [illness], Andre Schurrle [Achilles] and Erik Durm [muscular].

The Ligue 1 leaders, the first team under the current Champions League format to reach the last four after going through two preliminary rounds, had the game nearly wrapped up through early goals by 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.

It's safe to say Kylian Mbappe is the talk of the town right now.

The Dortmund travelling fans situated in a corner of the stadium responded with chants of "Monaco!".

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