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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2016-17 UEFA Champions League QF's First Leg - Borussia Dortmund Vs Monaco Tuesday April 11,2017

Borussia Dortmund have a host of injury concerns ahead of the Champions League QF first leg against French leaders Monaco at Signal Iduna Park.
Playmaker Marco Reus (hamstring) has returned to training, while Shinji Kagawa, Andre Schurrle, Julian Weigl and Lukasz Piszczek are doubts.
Monaco, who beat Manchester City in the last 16, are without suspended midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Right-back Djibril Sidibe is set to miss out with appendicitis.
The principality side, who are three points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and have averaged nearly three goals a game, became the first team to progress in a Champions League knockout tie after conceding six goals following the thrilling 6-6 away-goal win against City.
Dortmund eased past Portuguese side Benfica in a 4-1 aggregate victory.
Both sides are bidding to reach the semi-finals of Europe's premier club competition for a fourth time.
Dortmund previously reached the last four in 2012-13 when they knocked out Spanish giants Real Madrid before losing to Bayern Munich in the final at Wembley.
Monaco have not reached the semi-final stage since 2004 when they were beaten by Portuguese side Porto in the final.
  • Borussia Dortmund are playing in the quarter-finals of a European competition for the fourth time in the last five years
  • Dortmund have lost just one of their 12 home games in Uefa competitions under Thomas Tuchel, claiming nine wins and two draws
  • Dortmund have beaten French opposition on four occasions in European knockout ties, losing just once against Sochaux in 2003
  • Monaco are the ninth team in Champions League history to have won a knockout tie after losing the first leg by two goals
  • The Ligue 1 side have won two of their six away matches this season, beating Villarreal in the first leg of the play-off round and Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage
Monaco beats Borussia Dortmund 3-2

Goal Scorers
For Monaco - Kylian Mbappe(19 & 79 ) and Sven Bender(35th minute own goal)
For Borussia Dortmund - Ousmane Dembele (57)and Shinji Kagawa (84)

Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Monaco edged the first leg of the rescheduled Champions League quarter-final tie at Borussia Dortmund.
In a match delayed by 24 hours after a bomb attack on the hosts' bus,Mbappe diverted in Thomas Lemar's cross before Sven Bender's own goal made it 2-0.
Ousmane Dembele slotted in from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's flick to pull one back for Dortmund, but Mbappe curled home to restore the two-goal cushion before Shinji Kagawa added a late second for the hosts.
Kagawa showed great skill to dribble past Jemerson and slot in, and there was almost even more late drama when Aubameyang headed over from yards out.
  • Mbappe is the youngest player to score a brace in a Champions League knockout game (18 years 113 days).
  • Mbappe has now scored in three successive Champions League games for Monaco (four goals).
  • He is the fifth player to score in his first three Champions League knockout stage appearances after Christian Karembeu, Steffen Effenburg, Luis Garcia and Leroy Sane.
  • Fabinho had scored all nine of his penalties for Monaco this season in all competitions prior to his miss in this game.

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