UCL round-up: Barcelona and Dortmund out




La Liga giants Barcelona and German club Borussia Dortmund were both knocked out of this season’s UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night following defeats to Serie A powerhouse Juventus and Ligue 1 side Monaco respectively.

Monaco progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League after beating Dortmund 6-3 on aggregate.

The Ligue 1 leaders carried a 3-2 advantage into tonight’s game, and it didn’t take long for them to build on that.

French prodigy Kylian Mbappe found the back of the net with a smart finish after just three minutes into the second-leg clash to put his side ahead on the night. Less than a quarter of an hour later, Monaco added a second when Benjamin Mendy whipped in a cross from the left-hand-side towards Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.

The former Manchester United flop met the cross and headed home to extend his side’s advantage.

Dortmund, who are yet to recover fully from the shock of last week’s terror attack close to their Signal Iduna Park Stadium, managed to get one back when Ousmane Dembele got the better of Mendy on the right-wing and delivered the ball into the path of Marco Reus.

The German international found the top right-hand corner on the spin to give Dortmund hope.

Sadly for Dortmund, Monaco appeared insistent not to allow them back into the game, and any hopes they may have had were swiftly wiped out by Valere Germain who found the back of the net just 21 seconds after coming on as a substitute to put the tie to bed.

Elsewhere, Juventus ensured Barcelona’s luck ran out on their own turf after holding the Catalan giants to a goalless draw at Camp Nou to progress to the last four with a 3-0 aggregate victory.

Juve were leading Barcelona 3-0 from last week’s first-leg tie in Turin.


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