Mbappe fires Monaco through
TEENAGE sensation Kylian Mbappe scored again to set Monaco on their way to a 31 secondleg victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday that allowed them to win their Champions League quarterfinal 63 on aggregate.
Radamel Falcao also netted for the home side in a whirlwind start at the Stade Louis II, and Dortmund were left with too much to do to save the tie.
Their skipper Marco Reus pulled a goal back early in the second half but Valere Germain came off the bench to put the seal on a famous win for a brilliant young Monaco side, who go through to the last four for the first time since 2004.
Meanwhile, Dortmund bow out after a tie overshadowed by the bomb attack on the team’s bus last week that forced the first leg to be postponed by a day.
The Germans lost that match 32, their minds elsewhere, but their hopes of turning the tie around in the second leg were not helped when their bus was held up on the way to the Stade Louis II, leading to a fiveminute delay to the kick off.
Uefa blamed heavy traffic for the hold up but, on their official Twitter account, Dortmund said they had been delayed in leaving their hotel by police for around 20 minutes without justification.
While the appearance of Spanish defender Marc Bartra – who needed surgery for a broken wrist suffered in last week’s attack – at the stadium was a boost to Dortmund, the delay unsettled Thomas Tuchel’s side and their hopes of turning the tie around were effectively ended in a terrible opening 20 minutes.
The away defence backed off as Benjamin Mendy advanced and when the fullback’s powerful leftfoot strike stung the palms of goalkeeper Roman Burki, the 18yearold Mbappe was on hand to convert the rebound.
That strike meant Mbappe, who netted twice in the first leg, became the youngest player ever to reach five goals in the Champi ons League, beating Real Madrid great Raul by 41 days.
Nuri Sahin cracked a free kick off a post at the other end and Monaco survived that scare to increase their lead on 17 minutes at the end of a counter attack.
The rampaging Mendy’s initial cross came back to Thomas Lemar and he held up a ball that was headed home by Falcao, the prolific Colombian marking his 50th appearance in European competition with his 45th goal.
Like in the first leg, Tuchel’s decision to start with three at the back backfired and he changed things up before the halfhour mark, bringing on Ousmane Dembele for Erik Durm and reverting to a fourman defence. – AFP
SENSATION: Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has built a reputation as one of Europe’s hottest prospects.