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Mbappe making name for himself as cool Monaco march into semis

Monaco 3 Dortmund 1, Monaco won 6-3 on aggregate

By Staff Reporter

Monaco secured their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at Stade Louis II.

Kylian Mbappe, Radamel Falcao and Valere Germain were on target as Monaco scored three goals for the fourth consecutive Champions League match.

The Germans were up against it in the second leg having lost 3-2 at home last week, the match played a day later than originally scheduled after three bombs exploded close to the Dortmund bus, leaving defender Marc Bartra in hospital with arm injuries.

Although the Spaniard was able to attend the return match in Monaco and sit with his squad on the bench as well as deliver the final part of the team talk, there was to be no fairytale ending.

Following a five-minute delay to kick-off after the Dortmund team bus had been held up by police, 18-year-old Mbappe fired the hosts into an early lead.

Dortmund were left unimpressed by their delayed arrival, which the Bundesliga club said in a post on Twitter was because the bus had been stopped by police "for approximately 20 minutes without justification".

When the action got under way, Mbappe swept Monaco in front after just three minutes.

Benjamin Mendy shot from just outside the penalty area but Dortmund keeper Roman Burki could only parry the ball, which fell straight to Mbappe.

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.

Marco Reus pulled a goal back within three minutes of the restart when he smashed a cross from Ousmane Dembele into the top corner but with nine minutes left Monaco substitute Valere Germain, who had only just come on for Mbappe, swept the ball in at the far post.

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