Security stepped up for Monaco-Dortmund

Monaco eye history as Dortmund risk elimination

Monaco are looking to make it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2004 and are favourites after winning 3-2 away to Borussia Dortmund last week.

It was this mutual respect that prompted Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev to give Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke a special plaque with several photos showing the solidarity between the two sets of fans last week. "The police was there to escort us and we asked them why we couldn't move and they just said 'for safety reasons.' You can imagine that eight days after the attack that (this is) the worst thing that can happen".

"Our heads have to be focused on tomorrow's game, we're 90 minutes into the Champions League semi-finals but that's true for our opponents as well".

FC's Raf Honigstein says that Borussia Dortmund's Champions League defeats were tainted by the attack on the team bus.

Not conceding them, however, is somewhat hard against a Monaco side that has scored 138 goals this season, and boasts one of the hottest talents in football.

Reus, who had missed the first leg with a hamstring injury, pulled a goal back within three minutes when he smashed a cross from Dembele into the top corner after the teenager had charged down the right.

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That proved to be enough to take Monaco over the line, and they will be in the draw for the last four.

Dortmund's chances of reaching the semi-finals are boosted by the presence of German global star Marco Reus.

Monaco needed just three minutes to take the lead on the night and extend their aggregate advantage as Mbappe forced home the rebound after Benjamin Mendy's initial effort was parried by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki.

"During the 90 minutes it was slightly easier for us than it was on Wednesday evening", Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer said. Now we have to play well and I'm convinced we can do that.

The visitors started slowly, and the task of overturning a first-leg deficit became substantially trickier after conceding two early goals and watching Nuri Sahin's curling free-kick strike a post at the other end. We have a good mix of experienced players and youngsters.

"It would be a mistake to think that we are already qualified but it does not come to mind", Falcao told reporters. "I know the situation is very hard but I remain optimistic".

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