Again, it took Dortmund until the second half to show. And you can hardly blame them. For just eight days on from the bomb attack on their team coach, French police kept the squad waiting for 22 minutes before the game in the one place they did not want to be – the team coach.
Club officials said the delay outside of their hotel was ‘without justification’ and, while kick-off was put back five minutes, it took another 45 for the Germans to emerge from their daze.
By then, of course, it was too late. They were trailing 2-0 at the break – just as they were in last Wednesday’s hastily rescheduled first leg – and the tie was gone by the time captain Marco Reus halved the deficit on the night after 48 minutes.
Kylian Mbappe added yet another Champions League goal to his tally and tucked home a rebound three minutes in
Valere Germain slotted the third goal just 21 seconds after coming on as a substitute to wrap up the tie
The Monaco players and coaching staff pile in after the third goal was scored and effectively killed the contest
After Benjamin Mendy forced a save from the Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper, Mbappe was on hand with predatory instincts
I had the feeling we were focused and full of joy and happiness to play this game and suddenly there were awkward mindsets going around. It could scarcely have been a worse situation after what happened.’
Many Dortmund supporters spent the afternoon drinking beer on the Promenade des Anglais in neighbouring Nice, the same seafront stretch where 86 people were killed in a terrorist attack last July. That, though, must have served as a sobering reminder of just how lucky their heroes had been last week when three devices exploded next to their bus.
Defender Marc Bartra was the only player injured and, after surgery on a broken wrist, he was here to support his team-mates.
It is perhaps unfair on this exciting, young Monaco side that events off the pitch have distracted from their brilliance on it, but this has not been a fair contest.
MATCH FACTS, RATINGS AND MATCHZONE ANALYSIS
Subasic 6; Toure 6, Glik 6.5, Jemerson 6.5, Mendy 7; Silva 6, Moutinho 6.5, Bakayoko 6.5, Lemar 8; Falcao 7 (Dirar 67, 6), Mbappe 7 (Germain 80)
Subs: De Sanctis, Cardona, Jorge, N’Doram, Raggi
Scorers: Mbappe 3, Falcao 17, Germain 81
Burki 5; Piszczek 5, Papastathopoulos 5.5, Ginter 5.5; Durm 5 (Dembele 26, 7), Weigl 5.5, Sahin 6, Guerreiro 5.5 (Pulisic 72, 6); Kagawa 6, Reus 7; Aubameyang 5.5
Subs: Weidenfeller, Schmelzer, Merino, Bender, Castro
Scorers: Reus 48
Ref: D Skomina (Slovenia) 7
Mbappe received the ball with a side-footed first-time effort after a weak first effort at a save from Roman Burki
The home side made the perfect possible start to the game and again exhibited their wonderful attacking prowess
Radamel Falcao then doubled the lead for Monaco and wheeled away in celebration sending the home support into raptures
Thomas Lemar whipped in a pinpoint cross and the Colombian striker rose well to power a header home
The former Chelsea and Manchester United man leapt in delight after continuing his impressive goal-scoring season
The Ligue 1 leaders held a 3-2 advantage going into the home leg and it took less than three minutes for 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe – on target twice in Dortmund – to become the youngest-ever player to score in both legs of a Champions League quarter-final, turning in the rebound after goalkeeper Roman Burki flapped at Benjamin Mendy’s blast. That is 14 goals in as many matches for Mbappe.
Tuchel added: ‘Our faith was gone after the early goal.’
But Monaco’s second on 17 minutes was a demonstration of why they have every chance of lifting the trophy in Cardiff come June.
Dortmund endured a nightmare first 20 minutes of the game and fell behind 5-2 on aggregate after 17 minutes
Ousmane Dembele came on and made a brilliant impact at the start of the second half by assisting Marco Reus
Reus pointed to his head and indicated to his side that the tie was still alive for the visiting team
The travelling support continued to offer their team passion and create a powerful atmosphere inside the Louis II Stadium
All the hope that Reus’ goal lavished upon the visitors was extinguished by Germain’s effort with ten minutes to go
It took just nine seconds of a devastating counter-attack for three of Europe’s brightest talents to lay on the goal for Radamel Falcao, the reborn veteran with his 24th of the season. Thomas Lemar burst over halfway and found left-back Mendy. He fizzed a pass into Mbappe and his lay-off was collected by Lemar, who swept onto the forehead of Falcao to glance home from 10 yards.
Lemar, 21, and Mendy, 22, were the subject of interest from Chelsea scouts in the stands here at Stade Louis II, but they would have added striker Mbappe to their watchlist before he made way on 80 minutes, with replacement Valere Germain making it 3-1 just seconds later, guiding through the legs of Burki from a Lemar cross.
And it was Lemar who had been the star of the show. It is a shame for the France winger that attention was again diverted, but he and his fearless comrades now have a semi-final to make headlines of their own.
Monaco’s Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic claims the ball as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rues a miss chance
Matthias Ginter reacts to a collision with Falcao as the Borussia Dortmund defender ends up in a heap on the pitch
The home side went up to their fans at the end of the game to thank them for their support during the game
Dortmund were eliminated from the competition and the club have failed to win any silverware since back in 2012