Monaco end 13-year wait for Champions League semi-final spot
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 3:44
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.
Last week's first leg was postponed by 24 hours after a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus en route to the game in Germany which injured a policeman and left Dortmund's Spanish global defender Marc Bartra needing surgery on a broken wrist.
Spanish giants Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League as Italian champions Juventus held out for an away 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.
Monaco booked their spot in the final four with another fine attacking display in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
Monaco's other two potential opponents are Atletico Madrid - which lost last year's final to Real - and 2015 runner-up Juventus.
"We are expecting Dortmund to be much stronger, they have digested what happened", the coach added.
Monaco doubled their tally three minutes later as Falcao perfectly timed his header to beat Burki from Thomas Lemar's cross from the left.
AS Monaco are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League after brushing aside Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
The semifinalists for the 2016-17 season of the Champions League have been decided.
The visitors suffered a blow after 30 minutes when Erik Durm picked up a knock, although he was replaced by Ousmane Dembele, who scored in the first leg.
Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, skipper Radamel Falcao and substitute Valere Germain got their goals with Marco Reus netting for Dortmund on a memorable night for the hosts. But Dortmund are a great team with great players.
"The police didn't let our team bus leave the hotel without giving the reason for around 20 minutes", Dortmund said on its official Twitter account. "We had the mind set we needed to win here, but obviously all of a sudden it wasn't possible to think about football".
"We started well with one or two unsafe moves where we found some space and then conceded an unlucky goal", said Tuchel. "For me, not; for the players, I don't know".