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Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco Champions League: As it happened, match report, action, goals

Monaco and Dortmund lived up to the billing as two of the best teenagers in the world went toe-to-toe and Monaco came out on the other end of a six-goal thriller
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Football Soccer - Borussia Dortmund v AS Monaco - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - 12/4/17 Monaco's Kylian Mbappe-Lottin celebrates scoring their third goal Reuters / Ralph Orlowski Livepic
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Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Monaco: match report

In a game that was postponed from Tuesday night after an attack on Dortmund's team bus that left Marc Bartra needing surgery on his arm, football took somewhat of a backseat in the build-up to this one. It wasn't forgotten, however, that this one had promised a lot.

Monaco's Kylian Mbappe-Lottin celebrates scoring their third goal with Radamel Falcao and team mates.
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Monaco's Kylian Mbappe-Lottin celebrates scoring their third goal with Radamel Falcao and team mates.Ralph OrlowskiREUTERS

Mbappé helps fulfill early match potential 

That promise started to fulfill its potential early on when one of the main attractions of the tie, Kylian Mbappé, was pulled down inside the penalty area and the away side had a chance to take an early lead. Fabinho, though, struck low and wide of the post and Monaco had to go back to the drawing board.

Mbappé was not to be foiled that easily and he made it 1-0 just two minutes later on 19 minutes when he kneed home a cross by Thomas Lemar. It was offside but he wasn't complaining, or waiting to see what the linesman said. 

Monaco double their lead in first half

It was 2-0 before long when a cross from the same left-hand side met the head of Sven Bender and he put it beyond his own goalkeeper under some light pressure from Radamel Falcao. He wanted a free kick but the referee saw no infraction.

Dortmund's defender Sven Bender heads into his own goal to give Monaco atwo goal lead.
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Dortmund's defender Sven Bender heads into his own goal to give Monaco atwo goal lead.PATRIK STOLLARZAFP

Second-half changes aid Dortmund recovery

Dortmund made two changes at half-time and Cristian Pulisic made the biggest difference of the two. The other one was Nuri Sahin, who would be involved in Dortmund's comeback himself.

Ousmane Dembele, another one of the youngsters we had all signed up to see got Dortmund back into it after an unorthodox backheel from Aubameyang that landed with Kagawa, who put it on a plate for the French striker.

Shinji Kagawa slots home for Borussia Dortmund.
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Shinji Kagawa slots home for Borussia Dortmund.FRIEDEMANN VOGELEFE

There was more to come from Mbappé though when he found himself with the chance to extend Monaco's lead after 79 minutes and he made absolutely no mistake when he curled beyond Bürki to almost finish the tie.

Dortmund give themselves a chance

That was before Pulisic took off down the wing for the umpteenth time since he had come on at the break. The ball broke to Sahin who sent a hopeful cross into the box. it fell to Kagawa who kept his cool and slotted beyond Subasic to give Dortmund a flicker of hope with the return leg in just a week.

The Dortmund players thank their fans after the game in what has been an exceptionally tough couple of days.

Dortmund may feel hard done by, being forced to play the game less than 24 hours after the attack on their bus but they more than held their own. They will require an excellent effort in France to qualify but with more time to concentrate on their preparation, they might push their hosts to the limit.

Read below to find out how it happened in real time...


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