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Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Abril, 2017, 03:32

This can be an essential outcome but nothing has been valued and we ought to value our principles, like since first of the season.

The Germans lost 3-1 to AS Monaco at the Stage Louis II to bow out of the Champions League 6-3 on aggregate at the quarter-final stage.

What's at stake: A spot in the UCL semis, with Monaco leading 3-2 after last week's opening leg.

Thomas Tuchel was left to rue an error-prone performance from his Borussia Dortmund side tonight.

Last week's first leg was postponed by 24 hours after the Dortmund team bus was attacked with explosives on its way to the stadium. "Everyone was prepared and in the bus, but we couldn't move for 16 or 17 minutes", Tuchel said after the game. Kickoff was briefly delayed.

Not a big difference in scores to be honest, but fact remains that Dortmund are playing an away match, with Monaco having the away goal advantage.

"Our heads have to be focused on tomorrow's game, we're 90 minutes into the Champions League semi-finals but that's true for our opponents as well".

Falcao's strike partner Kylian Mbappe scored twice in last week's opener to assist his side to set up a 3-2 edge ahead of the return clash in the Stade Louis II on Wednesday.

"There are three wonderful teams [Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus], with lots of experience". "We made too many basic errors".

After the drama of last week's attack, this was a welcome return to euphoric, attacking football.

"At this level you can not set limits for your players".

It was a frantic spell after Mbappe's opener, with Monaco's attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva heading straight at Burki from a good position and Dortmund's Nuri Sahin hitting the crossbar with a curling freekick. "We were always looking for the extra goal, that is the way we play, it is in our DNA".

The hosts poured forward with ruthless efficiency in the first half, with the pace of Benjamin Mendy and Thomas Lemar creating an overlap on Monaco's left that Dortmund had no answer to.

Mbappe was sprung down the right channel moments later, but dragged his right-footed shot from an angle wide of the far post.

Monaco made a fast start.

The whole Monaco bench rushed to jump on him: a symbolic image of Monaco's teamwork.

"All the players played at a high level", Jardim said.