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Monaco offer Dortmund plaque as show of solidarity

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The incident occurred a week after the first leg was postponed by 24 hours after the Borussia team bus was attacked with explosives on its way to the stadium.

The home leg in Germany was overshadowed by an attack on the Dortmund team bus as it headed to the stadium.

The team from the Mediterranean principality were too good for their German opponents in Wednesday's (Thursday in Manila) quarterfinals second leg, winning 3-1 at the Stade Louis II to advance 6-3 on aggregate. "Well, I suppose we could be in the final!"

"It was the worst thing that could happen a week after the attack - everyone was on the bus ready to go but we were not allowed to", said coach Thomas Tuchel.

"We didn't know what was going on".

Monaco then doubled their lead on 17 minutes following a flowing break when Thomas Lemar curled the ball into the Dortmund box from the left and Falcao dispatched a diving header into the bottom right corner.

The changes meant Tuchel sent his side out in a 3-5-2 formation, with Marco Reus - who missed the first leg - supporting one-time Monaco player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack.

"France isn't used to having teams reach this stage of the competition".

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Benjamin Mendy's long-range effort had plenty of swerve but was poorly parried by Burki and Mbappe was typically quick to coolly slot home the rebound.

"Of the five goals I've scored in this competition my favourite was my second goal in the first leg against Dortmund".

Titleholders Real Madrid, last year's runners-up Atletico Madrid or Juventus await in the semi-finals but Monaco will not abandon their style according to Jardim, who could not hide his pride post-match. We've had an outstanding run in the Champions League and we don't want it to end there.

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

"At this level you can not set limits for your players".

It was this mutual respect that prompted Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev to give Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke a special plaque with several photos showing the solidarity between the two sets of fans last week.

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.

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