Monaco 3, Borussia Dortmund 1 (Agg: 6-3): Leonardo Jardim fearless over potential semi-final opponents as Monaco reach Champions League last four

 
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Mbappe (left) has scored 14 goals in his last 13 Monaco appearances (Source: Getty)

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim insists he is unconcerned by potential opponents after his side became the first French team to reach the Champions League semi-finals since Lyon in 2009-10 by clinically dispatching Borussia Dortmund.

Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe, former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao and substitute Valere Germain netted for Monaco in their quarter-final second leg at Stade Louis II, while Marco Reus replied for Dortmund.

“There are three wonderful teams [Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus], with lots of experience. We will enjoy ourselves and draw on our qualities,” said Jardim.

Dortmund were unable to overturn a 3-2 deficit from last week’s highly emotional first leg, which took place less than 24 hours after a bomb attack on their team bus as it made its way to the club’s Westfalenstadion.

“Unfortunately we didn’t have the quality, energy or the luck to get into the semi-finals,” said Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel.

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.

Mbappe netted twice in the first leg and a goal here merely enhanced the burgeoning reputation of a player who has scored 14 goals in his last 13 appearances for the Ligue 1 leaders.

All five previous teams to win 3-2 away from home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have progressed and the hosts tightened their grip on a semi-final spot on 17 minutes when a Thomas Lemar cross was glanced past Burki by a diving Falcao.

Substitute Ousmane Dembele, who replaced Erik Durm during the first half, breathed new life into Dortmund and a rampaging run ended with Reus sweeping his cross beyond Monaco’s Danijel Subasic.

But any thoughts of a revival were ended by Germain, another replacement, as he converted following a swift Monaco break only 22 seconds after taking the field in place of Mbappe.

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