Kylian Mbappe stars as Monaco cruise past Borussia Dortmund
Stade Louis II, Champions League quarter-final, AS Moncao 3 (Mbappe 3, Falcao 17, Germain 81) Borussia Dortmund 1 (Reus).
Monaco went into the second leg of their quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund with a healthy 3-2 lead and managed to double their aggregate score.
Kylian Mbappe was again at the heart of Monaco's success, but Dortmund again appeared to be suffering from a lack of concentration. That was no surprise, given the club have been rushed back to action following a bomb attack on their bus last week.
Mbappe opened the scoring after three minutes, and Radamel Falcao killed the game shortly after with his fifth goal in his last six European games.
Dortmund intermittently threatened as Monaco sat back, but Valere Germain's goal 21 seconds after coming on sealed a simple victory for Monaco.
Kylian Mbappe of AS Monaco celebrates his goal with captain Radamel Falcao during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg between AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund at Stade Louis II on April 19, 2017 in Monaco, MonacoGetty Images
TALKING POINT - Are Dortmund still suffering from the events of last week?
It would hardly be unsurprising, or unreasonable. Last week must have taken place in something of a haze for Dortmund, as well as Monaco, but Dortmund will have found it impossible to escape the attention of the German press and their fans, and probably have not yet got the stress out of their system. Monaco could do little else but take advantage. However, Dortmund have found themselves in an impossible situation.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Kylian Mbappe (Monaco): His pace meant that even when Dortmund were in control, they had to be mindful that he would only need a few seconds to be in on goal. But it's not just his pace, it's his instincts and technique. With the game barely started, his reactions and finish to a dropping ball in the box gave Monaco a huge advantage for the rest of the tie.
3' - GOAL! Monaco 1-0 Dortmund. Mbappe scores - Game over. Mendy goes on a great run from left back, and fizzes in a shot from outside the box. Burki flaps at it, it drops to Mbappe, and he's on hand to stab it home..
14' - SAHIN SHOT - Sahin almost scores from a free kick, on the right of the box, about 25 yards out. He whips a shot over the bar and it crashes against the bar, the 'keeper beaten.
17' - GOAL! Monaco 2-0 Dortmund. Falcao scores - That really is it. Ginter fails to track Falcao into the box. Lemar clips a pass into the box, and Falcao can glance it home.
Radamel Falcao of AS Monaco celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg between AS Monaco and Borussia DortmundGetty Images
48' - GOAL! Monaco 2-1 Dortmund. Reus scores - Dembele skins Mendy, three times, gets to the by-line and pulls it back for Reus, near the penalty spot, and he slams it home.
65' - FALCAO MISS - Falcao has time in the box, he's onside, and he flicks the ball over Burki as he rushes towards him. With the goal waiting, the ball drifts over the bar.
81' - GOAL! Monaco 3-1 Dortmund. Germain scores - Lemar seizes on a loose ball, advances down the left. He clips a pass inside, that might take a slight deflection, and it comes to Germain in space on the right to prod home. 21 seconds after coming on.
- Monaco have reached the Champions League semi-final stage for the fourth time in their history – no other French team has done so more than once (PSG, Nantes and Lyon all doing so once).
- Borussia Dortmund have lost nine of their last 12 games in the Champions League knockout stages (W3).
- Falcao has scored against 22 of the 24 teams he has faced in European competition (inc. qualifiers and Super Cups); only failing to score against Sevilla and Tottenham Hotspur.
- Falcao has scored 39 goals in the Europa League and Champions League since his debut in October 2009 against Chelsea; only Robert Lewandowski (41), Lionel Messi (77) and Cristiano Ronaldo (85) have more European goals (excl. qualifiers).
- Marco Reus has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 13 Champions League appearances for Borussia Dortmund (11 goals, 4 assists).
- Kylian Mbappé is the first player to score in each of his first four Champions League knockout games.
- Kylian Mbappé is the sixth player to score in his first four Champions League starts and the first since Diego Costa in 2014.
- Thomas Lemar is the first player to assist a goal in four consecutive Champions League knockout games since Andrés Iniesta in May 2011.
- Valère Germain's goal came just 22 seconds after coming on as a substitute - the quickest Champions League sub goal of the season – it was also just his first touch of the match.