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Champions League: As Juventus, Monaco enter semis; Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund exit

21 April 2017, 02:28 | Pamela Mathis

Thomas Tuchel has admitted his Borussia Dortmund side simply weren't up to scratch as they crashed out of the Champions League.

For Dortmund, elimination was hard to take but the tie was overshadowed by the bomb attack on their team bus en route to last week's first leg which left Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.

In the other quarter-final of the night, Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao struck early as Monaco progressed with a 3-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund that sealed a 6-3 aggregate victory.

"We put what happened behind us, we are emotionally stable and completely focused on the match", Tuchel told a news conference at the Louis-II stadium ahead of Wednesday's second leg.

"Juventus is a great team and they were better than us", Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said. They have played 54 games, more than anyone else among Europe's top sides, but are scoring at an average of 2.6 goals per game. We have a good mix between experienced and young players. We know what we need to do.

After putting Man City to the sword with their attractive counter-attacking football, Monaco left Germany with a win last week in a match that many felt should not have been played.

Monaco also reached the last eight two seasons ago before losing to Juventus, one of their potential opponents in the semis.

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Not a big difference in scores to be honest, but fact remains that Dortmund are playing an away match, with Monaco having the away goal advantage.

The 18-year-old has five strikes to his name in this season's competition, all of which have come in the knockout stages, to inspire the dark horses from Ligue 1 into the semi-finals. "We haven't won anything, but we have made history", said Jardim with a nod to that run.

After the drama of last week's attack, this was a welcome return to euphoric, attacking football that was a joy to watch from start to finish.

Before kick-off, the home fans showed solidarity by unveiling a banner which read: "BVB: You Will Never Walk Alone" as the anthem played out around the Stade Louis II.

The deciding game takes place in France on April 19 at 2.45 PM ET.

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.

Germain put the result beyond doubt as he broke through down the right and slotted the ball under Burki's body. "It wasn't a day for speaking about individuals".



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