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Mbappe’s brace sinks Dortmund and hands Monaco a huge advantage

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Monaco showed their class when they beat Dortmund 2-3 at their homeground which gives Monaco a huge advantage in the Quarterfinal tie.

Less than 24 hours after the original tie was postponed when three explosions went off in front of the Dortmund team bus as they were heading to Signal Iduna Park, the Ligue 1 leaders gained advantage thanks to Mbappes stunning brace and a unfortunate own goal from Sven Bender

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A lot of speculations were going on that whether Dortmund were in the right frame of mind to take field so soon after the incident and team mate Marc Bartra in hospital having undergone a surgery on a arm injury sustained from the blasts.The first half proved the doubters right as Monaco who missed a first half penalty took a 2 goal lead.

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The French dominated the 1st Half

With all eyes on Kylian Mbappe, who is termed as the next big thing in European football did not dissapoint at all when he showed his pace and surged into the area and was brought down by Sokratis and earned a penalty. Sokratis received a booking but, Fabinho dragged the spot kick wide.

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After Fabinho missed the penalty things started to happen for Monaco when Bernardo Silva made a stunning counter attacking run before finally passing it to Lemar, who found himself in space on the left and squared accross goal to Mbappe which resulted in the 1st goal of the evening for the visitors. Mbappe was clearly offside positon but the result went in favour of the visitors.

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Things got even better for the french side when Andrea Raggi’s superb delivery from the left was unfortunately diverted into a own goal by Sven Bender, just 10 minutes before half time.

The 2nd Half comeback from the Germans

Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel responded in the 2nd half when he brought in Christian Pulisic and Nuri Sahin and had an immediate effect as the kicking towards the “Yellow Wall” the hosts were rampant. After several misses the host came back in the game when Dembele slotted in from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s flick.

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As Dortmund pushed for a equaliser Monaco had a great chance to restore their 2-goal lead with only 15 minutes remaining when Lemar’s ball set Radamel Falcao free, the striker went round the goalkeeper Roman Burki but unfortunately blazed it over being off balance.
Monaco were not so wasteful when their next chance came when Mbappe intercepted a loose ball from Pisczek and raced away and produced a stunning top corner finish. It was his 21st goal of the season and it only enhances his great calibre. Five minutes later Kagawa scored a superb goal when he slotted it home in style from Pulisic’s cross which gave the Dortmund fans a glimer of hope. Aubameyang had a great opportunity to earn a draw but he headed over and with 2nd leg to be played in France Monaco looks to be in control of the tie.

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Dortmund Fans are best in the World

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Their team lost but that did not stop them from cheering and chanting for their team all game long. The Yellow Wall was amazing it was a massive BVB sign with a yellow background was sensational to watch. They were losing for the whole match, only seven teams have progressed in a Champion League tie after losing the 1st leg at home, but that didn’t stop Dortmund fans cheering and chanting for their team and they definitely believe that the tie is not over yet.