Monaco out to deepen Dortmund's France woe
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Monaco have won five of their six home games in this season's competition and will aim to claim a semi-final place by finishing off a Borussia Dortmund side who have struggled in France.
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AS Monaco FC will want to continue their impressive home form in this season's UEFA Champions League as they bid to build on a fine away display to reach their first semi-final since 2004 at the expense of Borussia Dortmund.
• Monaco were 3-2 winners in the first leg, Kylian Mbappé scoring twice to sandwich an own goal from Dortmund's Sven Bender. Ousmane Dembélé and Shinji Kagawa were on target for BVB.
• Only twice in UEFA Champions League history have a team overturned a first-leg home defeat to win the tie: AFC Ajax against Panathinaikos FC in the 1995/96 semi-finals (0-1 home, 3-0 away) and FC Internazionale Milano against FC Bayern München in the 2010/11 round of 16 (0-1 h, 3-2 a).
• Both sides have recent quarter-final experience in the competition, Dortmund appearing in the last eight in 2013/14 and Monaco last featuring the following season.
• Monaco and Dortmund are each targeting a fourth UEFA Champions League semi-final. Monaco have not contested the last four since losing to FC Porto in the 2004 final; Dortmund's last semi-final outing came in 2012/13, when they too would finish as runners-up.
• Monaco are in the European Cup quarter-finals for the fifth time overall. Their record to date: W2 L2.
• The Ligue 1 outfit reached the semi-finals in 1993/94 via the eight-team group stage, when the top two in each of the two sections progressed to the knockout phase.
• Monaco are making a second UEFA Champions League quarter-final appearance in three seasons. On their last attempt in 2015, they beat English opposition on away goals in the round of 16, knocking out Arsenal FC (3-1 a, 0-2 h); this year they repeated the trick against Manchester City FC (3-5 a, 3-1 h).
• Monaco became the ninth team to successfully overcome a two-goal deficit from the first leg of a UEFA Champions League knockout tie – and only the third club to achieve the feat twice after FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC – having also done so against Real Madrid CF in the 2003/04 quarter-finals (2-4 a, 3-1 h).
• The six goals Monaco conceded against City are the most ever shipped by a victorious side in a UEFA Champions League knockout phase tie. Three teams had previously exited after scoring five.
• Two seasons ago the Ligue 1 club lost to Juventus at this stage, going down 1-0 in Turin before a 0-0 home draw.
• Monaco have won five of their six home games in this 2016/17 UEFA Champions League, the exception a 1-1 draw with Germany's Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the group stage. ASM also lost 3-0 in Leverkusen on matchday six.
• Overall, Monaco's record at home to Bundesliga clubs is W4 D3 L1; the sole blemish was a 1-0 reverse to VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup second round (4-3 agg).
• Monaco's record in two-legged ties with German teams is W3 L1, with victories in the last three. This is their first knockout tie against Bundesliga opponents since a 5-0 aggregate success against Hamburger SV in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup third round.
• The Ligue 1 side have won all 12 of the UEFA competition ties in which they won the away first leg, including against Villarreal CF in this term's play-off round (2-1 a, 1-0 h). They have never won the away leg 3-2 before.
• Monaco's penalty shoot-out record in UEFA competitions reads W1 L0:
3-1 v Real Valladolid, 1989/90 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final
• This is Dortmund's eighth European Cup quarter-final, and their third in five years. The German club's last-eight record is W4 L3.
• On their most recent last-eight appearance three seasons ago, Dortmund succumbed 3-0 in the first leg at Real Madrid, bowing out despite a 2-0 home victory in the return.
• Thomas Tuchel's team have lost just three of 12 European away fixtures played since the start of last season (W7 D2 L3), although they have a draw and a defeat in their last two matches.
• Dortmund have lost all five UEFA competition ties in which they lost the home first leg, most recently against Udinese Calcio in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round. Then they fell 2-0 at home but won by the same scoreline in Italy, only to lose 4-3 on penalties.
• This is the fourth time in five seasons Dortmund have reached the quarter-finals of a European competition, having yielded to Liverpool FC 5-4 on aggregate in last season's UEFA Europa League. Their sole last-eight success in those ties came against Málaga CF in 2012/13 (0-0 a, 3-2 h).
• Dortmund's record in two-legged ties against French clubs is W3 L1; that lone defeat came in the most recent fixture, against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup second round (2-6 aggregate).
• Dortmund's record away to French opposition reads W2 D2 L4. Their last visit brought a 2-1 triumph at Olympique de Marseille in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage, after they had crashed 3-0 at the same venue in September 2011.
• The German side have won only one of their last six games in France, losing three.
• Dortmund's shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W2 L2:
3-4 v Udinese Calcio, 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round
2-4 v Club Brugge KV, 2003/04 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
3-1 v Rangers FC, 1999/2000 UEFA Cup third round
6-5 v AJ Auxerre, 1992/93 UEFA Cup semi-finals
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• Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played for Monaco in 2010/11 on loan from AC Milan, scoring two goals in 19 Ligue 1 games.
• Aubameyang also had loan spells at Dijon FCO (2008/09), LOSC Lille (2009/10) and AS Saint-Étienne (2011/11) before signing permanently for Les Verts in 2011. He hit 37 goals in 87 league appearances for St-Étienne, joining Dortmund in 2013.
• Aubameyang scored in LOSC's 4-0 Ligue 1 victory at Monaco on 13 December 2009, and was in the St-Étienne team that drew 1-1 at home to the principality club on 1 May 2011.
• Ousmane Dembélé struck 12 goals in 26 Ligue 1 outings for Stade Rennais FC, leaving for Dortmund last summer. He played in a 1-1 home draw with Monaco on 24 April 2016.
• Raphaël Guerreiro started his career with SM Caen, making 38 Ligue 2 appearances in 2012/13 – including home (3-0) and away (1-0) wins against Monaco – before joining FC Lorient, playing 110 league matches between 2013 and 2016. His record against Monaco with Lorient was W2 D1 L2.
• Benjamin Mendy was in the Marseille side beaten 3-0 away and 2-1 at home by Dortmund in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• While at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Gonzalo Castro played in 1-0 defeats both away – João Moutinho scoring – and home against Monaco in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Radamel Falcao got Club Atlético de Madrid's goal in a 2-1 home league defeat by Marc Bartra's Barcelona in May 2013.
• International team-mates
Ousmane Dembélé & Kylian Mbappé, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Mendy, Djibril Sidibé (France)
João Moutinho, Bernardo Silva & Raphaël Guerreiro (Portugal)
Łukasz Piszczek & Kamil Glik (Poland)
• Guerreiro and Moutinho helped Portugal win UEFA EURO 2016 in France.
• Jemerson, Falcao, Valère Germain, Lemar and Sidibé are a booking away from a ban. Fabinho serves a one-game suspension, while Tiémoué Bakayoko returns from one of his own.
• Monaco have won ten of their last 11 fixtures, the exception a 4-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the French League Cup final on 1 April.
• Mbappé has scored 15 goals in his last 15 appearances for Monaco.
• Guerreiro, Marcel Schmelzer, Matthias Ginter and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are a booking away from a ban.
• BVB halted a run of two successive losses on Saturday, defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 at home. Marco Reus, making his first appearance since 4 March after overcoming a hamstring injury, opened the scoring.
• André Schürrle (ankle) has missed Dortmund's last five games. Schürrle sustained his injury during Germany's 4-1 victory over Azerbaijan on 26 March, a European Qualifier in which he scored twice.
• Erik Durm, who has not played since 17 March because of a muscular problem, was an unused substitute on Saturday.
• Bartra was ruled out for four weeks after undergoing left wrist surgery on 11 April.
• Sven Bender's appearance in the first leg was his first competitive outing since 20 December.
• Mario Götze, who has not featured since 29 January, will not play again this season. The midfielder is suffering from metabolic disturbances, a disorder that is contributing to his ongoing muscular problems.