Ambitious Monaco fighting on 3 fronts after 141 goals

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Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao struck early as Monaco reached the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund in an enthralling game on Wednesday that sealed a 6-3 aggregate victory.

"In the first leg it was impossible for us to play the game in the way we needed to do", he said.

On the pitch, Dortmund must find a way to score at least twice against a Monaco side that boasts a fearsome attack.

The Ligue 1 leaders, the first team under the current Champions League format to reach the last four after going through two preliminary rounds, had the game nearly wrapped up through early goals by 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.

Thomas Tuchel's side have suffered two defeats as well as a draw in their last five matches in most competitions, and have won only two away matches since January.

"All the players played to a high level and I'm very happy with the performance of all of them", Jardim told UEFA.com.

"We said at the half-time break that we could still score three in the second-half, but their third goal was a knock-out (punch)".

"Over both games we have the feeling that everything that could go wrong went wrong", he said.

Dortmund were earlier left unimpressed by their delayed arrival, which the Bundesliga club said in a post on Twitter was because the bus had been stopped by police "for approximately 20 minutes without justification".

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Some of the more experienced players, like 27-year-old attacking midfielder Marco Reus, have also been helping their coach.

The visiting side fell further into the hole when Radamel Falcao connected on a header in the 17th minute, his fifth goal of the current Champions League tourney.

Reus pulled one back when he turned in a right-wing cross from substitute Ousmane Dembele to offer some hope, before Germain sprinted through to send Stade Louis II crowd into raptures.

After the drama of last week's bomb attack, this was a welcome return to euphoric, attacking football.

Monaco fans unveiled a "You'll Never Walk Alone" banner, with the German team's anthem, which they share with British clubs Liverpool and Celtic.

A pacy forward with impressive temperament, Mbappe is the ideal weapon for Monaco, who have emerged as a formidable counter-attacking team.

"This guy has got a huge talent, the amount of goals he's got this season".

Falcao lofted a shot narrowly over after breaking down the right in the 65th and Mbappe had a low shot saved moments later from a similar position. "It wasn't a day for speaking about individuals".

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