KENYA BROWN - Thursday, April 20, 2017
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund were eliminated from the Champions League as AS Monaco proved to be too much to handle in the second leg quarterfinal game in the principality.
AS Monaco 3-1 BVB
Kylian Mbappe, Radamel Falcao and Valere Germain scored the goals that guaranteed Monaco would advance to the semifinals of the Champions League following a 6-3 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund.
Pulisic entered the game for BVB in the 72nd minute.
With the first leg ending with a 3-2 score line in favor of Monaco, the German team had a good chance of challenging them to advance to the round. However, they would have to get a much-needed result at the Stade Louis II which is not easy.
BVB dug themselves into a hole only three minutes into the first half as Mbappe, another teenager making an impression in Europe, scored for the host. Benjamin Mendy took a strike from just outside the area that BVB goalkeeper Roman Bürki was able to stop. But the rebound fell to Mbappe who had no problems putting away the rebound.
The visitors had an excellent chance to level the score in the 14th minute when Nuri Sahin free kick beat Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subašić but it did not beat the post.
Falcao doubled Monaco's lead in the 17th minute when he got his head on a pass from teammate Thomas Lemar to direct into the goal.
Entering the second half, BVB were able to reduce the deficit in the 48th minute as Marco Reus struck the ball home after Ousmane Dembele made a scintillating run down the right and crossed the ball into the area.
But there was no stopping Monaco as they sealed the game with a third goal in the 81st minute. Lemar intercepted an errant pass from Sokratis, made a run down the left and his deflected cross was easily put away by Germain.
The loss may have eliminated BVB, but they will certainly have a shot to do it all again in the Champions League next season as they look to claim a place in the competition when they return to action in the Bundesliga.