New Straits Times

Dortmund heap more misery on Monaco


DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund’s blistering start to the season under new manager Lucien Favre gathered momentum as the Bundesliga leaders consigned ailing AS Monaco to a 3-0 defeat in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Dortmund’s young Danish striker Jacob Bruun Larsen, brought on at the break after a mediocre first half from Favre’s unbeaten high-flyers, broke the deadlock within six minutes before strikes from Paco Alcacer and captain Marco Reus heaped more misery on Monaco.

Dortmund’s storming secondhalf display kept them at the top of Group A alongside Atletico Madrid, with both sides on a maximum six points, but for Monaco, who have not won any of their last nine matches, it was another low point in a dismal season.

They are stuck pointless at the foot of the group alongside Club Bruges, who lost 3-1 at Atletico on Wednesday.

Bruun Larsen and Sancho are two of the exciting prospects who have helped to breathe new life into Dortmund since the experience­d 60-year-old Swiss coach took the reins in May.

Bruun Larsen, who had scored his first Dortmund goals in their last two Bundesliga matches, told “Scoring was a great feeling, especially in this competitio­n.

“It became easier for us after that goal. Things are working well for me because of all the hard work I put in, it’s as simple as that.”

Things are also working well for the highly-rated Sancho, who has rapidly earned the nickname of “King of the Assists” because of the half-dozen goals he has helped make for team mates.

“I don’t know why I am only assisting and not scoring,” he laughed. “I keep moving into the right positions and then I see someone better positioned so I pass it.

“I have made so many steps forward here, learning from the great players around me on the training pitch and during the games.”

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