Borussia Dortmund's hopes of progressing to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals suffered a setback on Wednesday evening with a 3-2 defeat at home to AS Monaco in the first leg of their quarter-final.
Borussia Dortmund 2-3 AS Monaco
There was an electric atmosphere in Dortmund's SIGNAL IDUNA PARK stadium as the two set of supporters demonstrated their solidarity following the attack on the BVB bus that caused the game to be postponed on Tuesday. The hosts were understandably not at their best, however, and went two down before half-time following Kylian Mbappe's early effort and a Sven Bender own goal – even after Fabinho missed a penalty.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel brought on Christian Pulisic and Nuri Sahin for the second half and the home side went on the front foot immediately, going close with two early chances before Ousmane Dembele tapped in following a nice move around the edge of the box. Mbappe grabbed his second late on, but Shinjia Kagawa gave Dortmund renewed hope when he reduced the deficit shortly afterwards, setting up a finely-poised tie ahead of the second leg.
Man of the match
Dortmund were much improved as a team in the second half, but it was Kagawa who proved the decisive figure, scoring one and setting up another to give Tuchel's side hope.
Monaco's away goals mean they are in the driving seat ahead of the second leg, but Dortmund's impressive array of firepower mean they should never be ruled out.
Borussia Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer (c) (Pulisic 46') - S. Bender (Sahin 46'), Weigl - Dembele, Kagawa, Guerreiro – Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
AS Monaco: Subasic - Toure, Glik, Jemerson, Raggi - Fabinho, Joao Moutinho - Bernardo Silva (Dirar 66'), Lemar – Falcao (c) (Germain 85'), Mbappe Lottin
Coach: Leonardo Jardim