Dortmund emotionally ready to face Monaco - Tuchel


Radamel Falcao starred for Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie with Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund pushed for another goal in the closing stages, but it was the French outfit who grabbed the third goal in the 81st minute courtesy of a strike from substitute Valere Germain, who scored his first touch of the game. Dortmund said their bus had been held up by police at their hotel for 20 minutes.

Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel had been aggrieved by the decision to reschedule his side's home first-leg meeting with Monaco just 24 hours after three bombs exploded near their team bus last Tuesday, leaving defender Marc Bartra with a fractured wrist.

"It could have been 5-3 or 6-3 because both teams missed several chances", the Portuguese said.

The last time Fabinho did not play for Monaco, the French league leader was thrashed by Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 in the League Cup final this month.

Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin hit a post with a free-kick before Falcao headed in a second for Monaco on 17 minutes to all but end the match as a contest. The night before, Dortmund's bus was bombed in an attack that we now know was quite serious.

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"Our attitude has not changed, despite the first leg".

"It would be a mistake to think that we are already qualified but it does not come to mind", Falcao told reporters. We know it will be very hard, but we are confident.

Dortmund's "You'll never walk alone" anthem, a song notably shared with English club Liverpool, was played at the ground to mark the solidarity between the two clubs in the wake of last week's bus attack.

It spurred the visitors into action and Monaco started to look shaky as the 19-year-old Dembele proved a constant threat.

Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel decided to make an attacking change after 26 minutes, when 19-year-old forward Ousmane Dembele replaced defender Erik Durm. As football statisticians Opta revealed on Wednesday, Mbappe became the youngest player ever to get to five goals in the Champions League knockout phase, beating Real Madrid great Raul's previous mark, after netting the opener against Dortmund.