Kylian Mbappe’s rise into the upper echelons of football’s elite continued as his star turn put Monaco on the path to the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund.
The rearranged quarter-final first leg was played just a day removed from an attack on Dortmund’s team bus which hospitalised defender Marc Bartra, and Thomas Tuchel’s fears that his side could struggle to compete were borne out in a one-sided first half.
Though Monaco lacked first-choice full-backs Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy, as well as midfield shield Tiemoue Bakayoko, they stifled Dortmund smartly, while the hosts were rickety in defence.
Fabinho’s penalty miss was soon forgotten when Mbappe opened the scoring and Monaco’s second away goal came via the head of Dortmund defender Sven Bender – deputising in place of Bartra in Tuchel’s back three.
Christian Pulisic’s half-time introduction gave Dortmund fresh impetus and stand-in left-back Andrea Raggi regular headaches, and they hit back through an Ousmane Dembele goal which owed much to a sublime touch from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the build-up.
Mbappe’s scintillating strike left Tuchel’s side with a mountain to climb, but Shinji Kagawa’s calm effort at least began the ascent before they travel to the principality in a week’s time.