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Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Monaco: Kylian Mbappe brace gives Ligue 1 side the edge in thrilling Champions League quarter-final first leg

Monaco showed little room for sentiment as they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Less than 24 hours after the original tie was postponed when three explosions went off near the Dortmund team bus as they made their way to Signal Iduna Park, the Ligue 1 leaders gained the advantage thanks to Kylian Mbappe's double and a Sven Bender own goal.

Questions were asked whether Dortmund would have been in the right frame of mind to take the field so soon after the incident and with team-mate Marc Bartra in hospital having undergone surgery on an arm injury sustained in the blasts.

And, after wearing T-shirts supporting their stricken team-mate in the warm-up, their first-half performance proved doubters right as Monaco, who also missed a first-half spot-kick, surged into a two-goal lead.

The second half was a different story and Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa goals either side of Mbappe's second left it all to play for ahead of the return leg in the Principality.

Mbappe, tipped to be the next big star of European football, was in the game from the off and showcased his pace and power as he earned a 17th-minute penalty.

He surged into the area and was felled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who received a booking, but Fabinho dragged his spot-kick well wide of the post.

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Dortmund's reprieve lasted just two minutes, however, as Monaco went ahead in the 19th minute, though there was more than a hint of luck involved.

Thomas Lemar found himself in space on the left and squared across goal to Mbappe, who was in an offside position, and Monaco's fortune did not end there as the striker converted off his thigh, without knowing too much about it.

Things got even better for the French side 10 minutes before half-time as they doubled the lead when Andrea Raggi's superb delivery from the left was diverted into his own net by a hapless Bender.

Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel responded at the break by bringing on Nuri Sahin and Christian Pulisic and it had an immediate effect, as kicking towards the 'Yellow Wall' the hosts were rampant after the restart.

After several near misses, they finally got back into the game just before the hour when Dembele stuck into an empty net after neat play by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kagawa.

As Dortmund pushed for a leveller, Monaco had a superb chance to restore their two-goal lead with 15 minutes remaining, when Lemar's ball set Radamel Falcao free, the striker rounded goalkeeper Roman Burki but blazed over when off balance.

Monaco were not so wasteful when their next chance arrived in the 79th minute as Mbappe intercepted Lukasz Pisczek's loose pass, raced clear and sent a sublime finish into the top corner.

It was his 21st goal of the season and only enhances his flourishing reputation.

Kagawa gave Dortmund hope, though, five minutes later with a superb goal, killing Pulisic's cross dead, before slotting home in style.

Aubameyang could have earned a draw in injury time but he headed over and Monaco will leave Germany as favourites to progress.

'More to life than football'

An emotional Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin says there is more to life than football after his side lost their rearranged Champions League clash with Monaco.

The Bundesliga outfit took to the field less than 24 hours after the original tie was postponed when three explosions went off near their team bus as they made their way to Signal Iduna Park, leaving defender Marc Bartra needing surgery on an arm injury.

But the Turkey international, who came on as a second-half substitute in their 3-2 loss, admitted football was far from his mind.

In a moving interview on Scandanavian TV, former Liverpool loanee Sahin said: "It is hard to talk about it and hard to find the right words.

"We saw a lot of times on TV and it was far away from us, even when it was in Istanbul which is in my country.

"Last evening we felt how it is to be in this situation. I don't wish a feeling like this on anyone.

"I don't know if people can understand this but until I was on the pitch in the second half I did not think about football to be honest.

"Last night I didn't realise what happened and when I got home my wife and son were waiting in front of the door I felt how lucky we were.

"I know football is very important, we love football, we suffer with football and I know we earn a lot of money and have a privileged life but we are human beings, there is so much more than football in this world, last night we felt it.

"When I was on the bus last night, I can't forget the faces, I will never forget those faces. I sit next to (Marcel) Schmelzer and I will never forget his face. It was unbelievable."

Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel claimed his side were told they had to play on Wednesday night by UEFA, who delivered the news via text message.

"We were informed by text message that UEFA was making this decision," the boss told a news conference.

"A decision made in Switzerland that concerns us directly. We will not forget it, it is a very bad feeling."

Tuchel criticises UEFA's decision on rescheduled game

Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel criticised UEFA's decision to make his side play their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco on Wednesday.

The Bundesliga outfit took to the field less than 24 hours after the original tie was postponed when three explosions went off near their team bus as they made their way to Signal Iduna Park, leaving defender Marc Bartra needing surgery on an arm injury.

Dortmund lost 3-2 in a breathless rearranged encounter, which Tuchel claims his side were told they had to play by a text message from UEFA.

"We were informed by text message that UEFA was making this decision," the boss told a news conference.

"A decision made in Switzerland that concerns us directly. We will not forget it, it is a very bad feeling.

"A few minutes after this attack, the only question that was asked was, 'Are you ready to play?'. As if we had thrown a beer on our coach.

"At that time, we did not know the reasons for this attack. There is a feeling of helplessness. The date was imposed on us. What we think has not interested anyone. We weren't asked about playing the game.

"I just wanted more time, a few more days. In a few days, we will not have digested completely but time helps us to find a solution.

"It is important to have a chance to realise this dream and our team was not at the top in concentration to make a difference at this level.

"UEFA is eager to continue playing. Of course we have to keep it going, but we still want to be competitive. We do not want to use the situation as an excuse.

"We wished we would have had more time to deal with what happened, but someone in Switzerland decided we must play.

"Every player has the right to deal with it in his way. The team did not feel in the mood, in which you must be for such a game.

"We let the players choose if they wanted to play. But this morning, we found that the training had done good, that it had made us think of something else.

"We were attacked as men and we tried to solve the problem on the ground.

"Everyone has their own way of reacting to events. The players had the choice not to play but no one chose this option."

Speaking during a pre-match interview with Sky Deutschland, Tuchel said: "There are players who can easily deal with what's happened and others who worry more - very mixed feelings.

"It's not very fair. What happened yesterday happened to us as people. Every player has the right to start with a strange feeling.

"We've been left feeling a bit helpless by the decision. But professionals find solutions to problems. We are strong enough."

Questions were asked whether Dortmund would have been in the right frame of mind to take the field so soon after the incident.

And, after wearing T-shirts supporting their stricken team-mate in the warm-up, their first-half performance proved doubters right as Monaco, who also missed a penalty, surged into a two-goal lead through Kylian Mbappe's opener and a Sven Bender own goal.

The second half was a different story as Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa goals either side of Mbappe's second left it all to play for ahead of the return leg in the Principality.

And Tuchel was proud of his side's second-half effort.

"The team has shown an incredible character," he added. "We have won the second half, the spirit in the second half was great."

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim had sympathy with Dortmund, but says a packed fixture list played its part in the quickfire rescheduling.

"Maybe it should not be played either today," he said. "But the calendar gave few options to be able to play the match.

"We produced a good result but it's only half-time of the quarter-final."

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