UEFA Champions League 2016-17: Borussia Dortmund 2-3 AS Monaco, 5 talking points
#2 A game of two halves
To say that the first half belonged to Monaco would be an understatement. The visitors on the night were direct in their approach and caused their hosts for the evening a lot of problems going forward. They constantly disrupted the rhythm of Thomas Tuchel’s side and were the better side in attack as well as in defence.
The French team that has surprised many with their performances this season showed great resolve through the first half and while they were lucky with both their goals, it was perhaps their reward for turning up for the big occasion.
However, their dominance of the game was severely threatened in the second half when Tuchel decided to introduce Christian Pulisic and Nuri Sahin. While Pulisic showed a great pair of feet to get into advantageous situations down the right flank for the hosts, Sahin played the part of being the team’s brains with perfection. It was perhaps the introduction of the two players that made the Dortmund fans believe that they could overturn the two-goal deficit.
However, it was not to be as the young Mbappe soon ended their hopes with a sublime finish.