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Borussia Dortmund - AS Monaco
Champions League - 4 October 2018
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Dortmund's winning streak continues. They chalk up their seventh victory out of nine games, sweeping Monaco aside with a clinical second-half performance.
- GoalMarco ReusBorussia Dortmund
GOAL! Dortmund 3-0 Monaco
Skipper Reus' extraordinary form continues as he grabs his sixth goal of the season! Bruun Larsen unselfishly picks out the playmaker in space and he drills a low shot into the bottom corner.
Three minutes of added time will be played.
STAT! Reus has now been involved in 13 goals in his last 10 home Champions League appearances with eight goals and five assists.
With this victory Dortmund will go top of Group E. They have a better goal difference than Atletico Madrid who are currently leading Club Brugge 2-1.
- OffJadon SanchoBorussia Dortmund
- OnMaximilian PhilippBorussia Dortmund
DORTMUND SUB: A standing ovation for Sancho who is replaced by Maximilian Philipp for the final five minutes of normal time. It was another wonderful performance from Sancho, the young Englishman.
Relief for Alcacer who made amends for his penalty miss only a few minutes' earlier.
Can Dortmund extend their lead further as we enter the last 10 minutes; or will Monaco grab a late goal to make things interesting?
The off-balanced Grandsir tries but fails to make an immediate impact, flicking an improvised shot wide of Dortmund's goal.
- OffAleksandr GolovinAS Monaco
- OnNacer ChadliAS Monaco
MONACO SUBS: The rather ineffective Golovin is replaced by Nacer Chadli, formerly of West Brom. Samuel Grandsir came on for Sylla a few minutes earlier.
Dortmund are in complete control now. The Bundesliga leaders have not conceded a single point this season after taking the lead. That record looks extremely unlikely to be broken tonight.
Monaco had more than held their own for large periods of this encounter but they have dropped their heads since conceding the opener and now they have capitulated.
- GoalPaco AlcácerBorussia Dortmund
GOAL! Dortmund 2-0 Monaco
He missed from 12 yards just a few minutes ago but Alcacer finally registers on the scoresheet! Reus threads the eye of a needle with a sublime pass, Alcacer confidently rounds the goalkeeper before shooting past two helpless Monaco defenders. Game over, surely.
Sancho fluffs a chance to double the advantage, blazing over in a one-vs-one situation.
OFF THE CROSSBAR!
Alcacer strikes his penalty-kick down the middle but can only watch on as it crashes against the crossbar and bounce to safety!
PENALTY TO DORTMUND! Reus is hauled down by Glik inside the box and the referee points to the spot. A clear-cut spot-kick.
- OffThomas DelaneyBorussia Dortmund
- OnJulian WeiglBorussia Dortmund
DORTMUND SUB: Delaney makes way for Julian Weigl.
A difficult chance for Falcao. Fifteen yards out the Colombian fails to get any power behind his header and it's a comfortable save for Burki.
Reus should double Dortmund's advantage! Clever play from Alcacer who leaves Piszczek's cross, creating space for Reus to have a shot. But the playmaker curls his effort wide from point-blank range.
An inch-perfect tackle from Diallo takes the ball from Falcao's feet. The Colombian was charging forward with some intent until that crucial intervention.
STAT! Bruun Larsen, at 20 years old, is the third-youngest Danish player to score a Champions League goal, after Christian Erisken and Nicklas Bendtner.
What an impact Bruun Larsen has made since his introduction at the break. His darting run was perfectly timed and he was picked out perfectly by the ever-impressive Sancho whose stock is rising game by game.
Monaco's game-plan had been executed perfectly until now. Does the French side have a Plan B up their sleeve?
The relief is tangible in Dortmund. The hosts have been second-best for much of the contest but they have had the clinical touch in the final third. Monaco, as it stands, will be made to rue their missed opportunities.
- GoalJacob Bruun LarsenBorussia Dortmund
GOAL! Dortmund 1-0 Monaco
Dortmund's teenagers combine to great effect to give the hosts the lead! Sancho slips a clever through ball into the feet of Larsen who breaks the visitors' and coolly slots home the opener.
Monaco's encouraging first-half performance has clearly injected them with confidence. They are stroking the ball around comfortably at the moment, Dortmund are chasing shadows.
Dortmund will have been extremely frustrated with their first-half performance, considering they had scored an incredible 11 goals in their past two matches. The home supporters will be hopeful Larsen can inject some pace and creativity in the centre of the park.
- OffMarius WolfBorussia Dortmund
- OnJacob Bruun LarsenBorussia Dortmund
The second-half is underway. Dortmund have made a change at the break: teenage prospect Jacob Bruun Larsen replaces Wolf in midfield.
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Monaco have kept the hosts at arm's length and created a couple of opportunities themselves, though there were some signs towards the end of the half that Dortmund were improving. It's Dortmund 0-0 Monaco.
There be will be a minimum of two added minutes.
- OffDiego BenaglioAS Monaco
- OnDanijel SubašicAS Monaco
MONACO SUB: It's a change in goal for the visitors as the injured Benaglio is replaced by Danijel Subasic. Dortmund will be keen to test him before the half-time whistle blows.
Benaglio, Monaco's goalkeeper, is going to be forced off here. He appears to have hurt himself while making that crucial save a few minutes ago.
Dortmund's search for an opener continues as Wolf blazes over from 30 yards.
Wolf runs across to take the corner himself. His delivery finds its way to Reus whose delicious first-time volley looks goal-bound until it strikes Glik.
Piszczek's cross finds Wolf whose shot from 15 yards takes a deflection. Benaglio is unsighted and does remarkably well to tip it around his post! It's the Monaco goalkeeper's first save of the night.
For all of Dortmund's possession the visitors have been the better side thus far. There are signs the hosts are beginning to find their groove though.
That's the closest we have come to an opening goal! Alcacer finds a pocket of space from 25 yards out and unloads an effortless shot. Benaglio is rooted to the spot but gratefully watches the ball spin just wide of his far post. Dortmund so close to breaking the deadlock.
The resultant free-kick is whipped into the danger area but Monaco deal with it. It's just not happening for the Bundesliga leaders at the moment.
Dortmund have a chance to test the visitors' rear-guard after Sidibe blocks the run of Diallo.
Monaco conjure up another sweeping move as the ball is switched to the energetic wing-back Henrichs on the flank but he has little support and his cross is cleared easily. German Henrichs is clearly out to impress his compatriots on the opposing team.
The Dortmund supporters are making themselves heard out there.
Falcao throws himself in front of an incoming cross but doesn't quite get there. Wouldn't have counted if he did, as he was in an offside position.
Falcao is back to fulfil defensive duties and clears the corner delivery with an important headed clearance.
Much better from Dortmund as they finally display some urgency in attack. A rapid move on the break sees the overlapping full-back Diallo force a corner.
And so after 20 minutes it is Monaco who are very much in the ascendancy.
Much better from Tielemans who seems intent on making up for that embarrassing shot a moment ago. The Belgian really catches this one from 30 yards, his effort bending towards the top corner but Burki is at full-stretch to tip it over.
But it's very, very comfortable for Burki who barely has to move to smother Tielemans' weak effort from distance.
It has been an extremely conservative showing from the home side thus far - it is almost as if they are afraid of making a mistake. As demonstrated in recent weeks this Monaco defence can be got at but Dortmund just haven't been willing to take any risks.
Barring that dismal shot a moment earlier Henrichs has been rather impressive in Monaco's midfield. He does well to find space on the flank and picks out Sylla who slices his first-time shot wide.
Despite the lack of action on-field, there is plenty of activity off it; the Dortmund supporters are drumming up a terrific atmosphere.
But Monaco are slowly growing into the game.
A hint of desperation from Monaco as Henrich's blasts a hopeless shot over the bar from all of 30 yards.
The French visitors are determined to keep the ball in an effort to stall Dortmund's momentum. It has worked thus far: the hosts have yet to create a clear cut chance.
Sancho is beginning to turn the screw in the Dortmund midfield. The young Englishman slips a lovely pass into the feet of Alcacer who tries to hold up the ball but is crowded out on the edge of the Monaco penalty area.
A sustained spell of possession from Monaco almost creates an opening. The ball is threaded through to Sylla on the left-side of the penalty area but he's unable to find any space to deliver a cross.
Expect Reus to be at the heart of every Dortmund attack this evening; the playmaker has scored seven goals in his last seven home appearances in the Champions League.
Alarm bells are ringing in the Monaco defence already! Pisczek swings in a lovely cross to the back post where the Dortmund players are queuing up. Alcacer reacts first, volleying it across goal but Monaco scramble it clear.
After such a dismal run of form confidence is understandably low amongst the Monaco ranks. An away match at red-hot Dortmund is the last thing they would have wanted but a win may reignite their season. Let's see how this one pans out.
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And we are underway at Signal Iduna Park. Monaco get us going.
'The champioooonnnsssss' .... and it's time for KICK-OFF!
Russia's World Cup hero Aleksandr Golovin, a signing from CSKA Moscow, starts only his second game for Monaco this evening. He has been lacking match fitness but will hope to put injuries behind him to inject some pace and creativity in his side's midfield.
Tonight is a repeat fixture of the Champions League quarter-final of 2017 when teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe inspired the Ligue 1 side to victory. The tie was marred by a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus and the fixture is bound to stir up emotions in both camps.
Dortmund manager Favre is not prepared to take Monaco for granted and believes they haven't had luck on their side recently.
He said: "Their defeats have often come down to small details. They had seven clear chances to score and lost 2-0 against St-Etienne."
Times aren't so good at Monaco; Leonardo Jardim's side haven't won since the opening day of the season, prompting calls for the Venezuelan to be sacked. Those calls will only intensify if Monaco are defeated this evening. The pressure is on.
Dortmund's league form has been eye-catching but it's their manner of performances which have been most impressive; over the last two games Lucien Favre's side have netted an incredible 11 goals, hitting seven past Nurnberg before a memorable 4-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen. Times are good.
Eighteen-year-old Moussa Sylla is given a surprise start in Monaco's attack alongside Radamel Falcao for his Champions League debut. Jemerson and Youri Tielemans have been recalled after being rested for the 2-0 defeat to Saint-Etienne at the weekend. Monaco will play with a back-five as they set about trying to keep the Dortmund front-line quiet.
Dortmund are boosted by the return of Lukasz Piszczek who has passed a late fitness test to start in defence. Paco Alcacer, on loan from Barcelona, was also a doubt but has been named as the main striker. Jadon Sancho has been brilliant coming off the bench this season and is handed a place on the wing for the third straight Champions League game. Mario Gotze is omitted from the squad altogether.
Dortmund: Burki, Zagadou, Diallo, Delaney, Sancho, Alcacer, Reus, Ajanji, Piszczek, Wolf, Witsel. Subs: Hitz, Guerreiro, Weigl, Philipp, Dahoud, Bruun Larsen, Hakimi.
Monaco: Benaglio, Raggi, Glik, Jemerson, Henrichs, Aholou, Tielemans, Golovin, Sidibe, Sylla, Falcao. Subs: Subasic, Chadli, Barreca, Bennasser, N'Doram, Grandsir, Diop.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the Champions League Group A clash between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco.
The German giants have made a blistering start to the season, topping Bundesliga after six games without defeat. A win over Club Brugge has given them the best possible start to their European campaign too.
In stark contrast Monaco are in dismal form and have slipped into the bottom three of Ligue 1. Defeat in their opening Group A game means they are propping up the table ahead of a difficult away fixture.
Dortmund are surely favourites this evening, but will they garner the three points?