Monaco out to deepen Dortmund’s France woe

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.


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.

Match background

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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