Monaco dismissed fears they may be about to wilt under the pressure of a title challenge when they came from behind to beat Dijon 2-1 last time out. Cedric Varrault opened the scoring for Dijon shortly before half-time to stun the Ligue 1 leaders, with the 19th-placed side currently fighting for their lives from relegation.Monaco vs Dortmund Live Match Streaming | Uefa Champions League 2018/19
Monaco vs Dortmund Live Match Streaming
- Tuesday 11th December
- Stade Louis II
However, positive substitutions in the second half helped turn the game around for Leonardo Jardim’s men, as Nabil Dirar dragged them level with just over twenty minutes remaining. Then, one of those mentioned substitutes Radamel Falcao won the game for Monaco, scoring his 24th goal of the season in all competitions by netting the winner with just ten minutes remaining. As such, they remain on course for their first Ligue 1 crown since 2000, which would also be the 8th league title of the club’s history.
Also runners-up in the Champions League in 2004, Monaco are in the driving seat of this tie to reach the semi-finals after storming into a 3-2 lead in testing circumstances for Dortmund. Monaco have a fantastic record in this competition at home in recent years, winning seven and drawing two of their last nine at Stade Louis II and have lost just once at home in their last fourteen Champions League games since August 2005.
Borussia Dortmund bounced back from a disappointing result in the first leg of their quarter-final with a 3-1 victory in the Bundesliga over Eintracht Frankfurt. Thomas Tuchel’s men played with intent from the start and took just three minutes to break the deadlock, Marco Reus finding the back of the net after being set up by Christian Pulisic. Although Marco Fabian pulled Frankfurt level, defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos ensured Dortmund went in at half-time 2-1 up. They then were forced to wait until five minutes from time to confirm the victory, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rounding off a good afternoon’s work for Dortmund.
Their defeat to Monaco in the first leg was their first home defeat of the season in twenty-two matches in all competitions, although must be taken into context following an attack on their team bus the day prior, with the game being arranged for the following day as a result. Many Dortmund-associated voices have condemned the lack of a break in the rearranging of the fixture and it’s tough to deny the mental impact it will have had on their players. They are without a win in their last two Champions League away games, drawing at Real Madrid and losing at Benfica, although they did win their first two away games of the group stages.
Borussia Dortmund suffered a dismal Champions League campaign last season as they were eliminated from the group stages having failed to win a single one of their six group matches. Their only points came in draws against APOEL, so when they were drawn alongside Atletico Madrid and Monaco this season things looked like they were going to be difficult for them.
Fortunately, the Bundesliga outfit have started the new season in much better shape. They beat Club Brugge 1-0 in their Champions League opener, and after six games in the Bundesliga they remain unbeaten in competitive football this term. They have won five of their seven games in the Bundesliga and Champions League, and once again seem to have returned to their unique brand of high-octane football.
The same can’t be said of Monaco. They also endured a torrid Champions League season last term, also losing four and drawing two of their group stage matches to exit the competition far earlier than they were hoping. This came after they had reached the Champions League semi-finals the season before, which included a quarter final victory over Borussia Dortmund and a shock aggregate win against Manchester City.
However, that success took it’s toll on Monaco. The youthful quality that brought them so much success, including a Ligue 1 title, has been quickly picked off by the top European clubs. Kylian Mbappe was one of the first to depart in a huge move to PSG, with Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, and Tiemoue Bakayoko also leaving that summer.
This summer saw their haemorrhaging of stars continue, with Thomas Lemar, Fabinho, and Terence Kongolo all departing to leave them with a rather threadbare squad that was always very unlikely to repeat the successes of the 2016/17 campaign.
That has proven to be the case for Monaco so far. They have won just one of their ten competitive games this season, a campaign that started with a crushing 4-0 defeat against PSG in their French Super Cup clash in August. They have lost six of these ten outings, and their last victory came almost two months ago in a trip to Nantes.
Monaco’s Champions League opener was a 2-1 loss at home to Atletico Madrid, with them taking a surprisingly early lead but ultimately failing to protect that advantage. The chances are that they’ll struggle to deal with the attacking talents of their German hosts on Wednesday too.