KENYA BROWN - Thursday, April 13, 2017
Christian Pulisic saw action in the second half for Borussia Dortmund as Monaco walked away with a slight edge after the teams squared off in their first leg Champions League quarterfinal game.
Borussia Dortmund 2-3 AS Monaco
Two goals from Kylian Mbappe and an own goal allowed Monaco to leave Signal Iduna Park with the advantage over Borussia Dortmund in their rescheduled game on Wednesday night.
A day after the frightening bomb blasts aimed at the BVB team bus, no one would have criticized the host if their hearts were not into playing the game - and an interview with midfielder Nuri Sahin after the game showed how much they were still affected after yesterday's events.
Dortmund started off the first half sluggishly when Sokratis Papastathopoulos was judged to have brought down Mbappe in the area. Fabinho stepped up to take the penalty, but missed horribly to the right side of the goal.
However, Monaco would open the scoring in the 19th minute through Mbappe as the teenager slotted in a cross from teammate Thomas Lemar. Credit has to be given though to Bernardo Silva as his run with the ball from the visitor's own end led to the goal.
Monaco doubled their lead in the 35th minute, but they will have to thank Borussia Dortmunds Sven Bender for the score as he headed the ball past goalkeeper Roman Bürki. The defender pleaded with the referee that he was fouled, but looking at replays of the action in the area it looked like he was not affected.
Dortmund would raise their game in the second half and cut the deficit in the 57th minute through Ousmane Dembele. Raphaël Guerreiro crossed the ball into the area from the left leading to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulling off a unbelievable back-heeled flick that went to Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese international then crossed the ball over to the Frenchman for the easy tap in.
However, Mbappe restored Monaco's two-goal lead in the 79th minute as he pounced on a horrible back pass from Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek and took a strike from just outside the area that beat Bürki.
Kagawa scored a second for Dortmund in the 84th minute when he collected a cross from Sahin to reduce the deficit again.
It was a tough night and while Dortmund were able to score two goals at home, it will be Monaco with the slight edge as both teams will meet for the second leg at the Stade Louis II on April 19.