It was hard not to feel sorry for Borussia Dortmund’s players as they took to the field against AS Monaco this evening.
It was less than 24 hours after they were involved in a terrorist attack which, fortunately, failed to claim the lives of anybody onboard the team bus.
Marc Bartra was hospitalised, however, and didn’t feature against the French side at Signal Iduna Park after undergoing surgery on his wrist last night.
Without Bartra, Thomas Tuchel deployed a three-man defence comprised of Lukasz Piszczek, Sven Bender and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
However, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock through the hugely talented Kylian Mbappe in the 19th minute. An own goal by Bender then made it 2-0 to Monaco at half-time.
Ousmane Dembele pulled a goal back for the hosts just before the hour mark but Mbappe restored his side’s two-goal deficit with an excellent finish 10 minutes before full-time.
Shinji Kagawa’s late consolation, however, sets things up very nicely for the second leg.
Aubameyang provides best moment of the match
The moment of the match was provided by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
While the prolific Gabon striker may have failed to get his name on the scoresheet, he did provide a magnificent pre-assist for Dembele’s goal.
The ball was whipped into the box from the left flank by Raphael Guerrero and Aubameyang turned it brilliantly into Kagawa’s path with an acrobatic touch.
Dembele then had the simple task of tapping home from close range.
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