Spare a thought for Borussia Dortmund's players, staff and supporters after their Champions League elimination in the most unfortunate of circumstances.Just a week after being mentally scarred by the bomb blast that led to their quarter final first leg being postponed 24 hours, the Germans were again in an "awkward mindset" after an incident ahead of the second leg Wednesday when they were beaten 3-1 by Monaco and eliminated on a 6-3 aggregate.
The win on the night game Monaco a comprehensive 6-3 aggregate victory, although the decision to reschedule the first leg just one day after the terrible bomb attack on the Dortmund bus no doubt had a major bearing on the overall result.
BVB dug themselves into a hole only three minutes into the first half as Mbappe, another teenager making an impression in Europe, scored for the host. "Because our DNA is to attack and to always try and score".
"That wasn't the Dortmund we know".
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accepted his side had come off second best, with Monaco's early goal "destroying our belief".
"We wanted to leave at 7:15 p.m". Everyone was prepared and in the bus, but we couldn't move for 16 or 17 minutes, " Tuchel said after after Dortmund were eliminated following a 6-3 aggregate defeat.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim promised his team would stay true to their offensive style in the Champions League semi-finals.
When the action got under way, hopes of a recovery from Dortmund were dealt an early setback when Mbappe swept Monaco in front after just three minutes.
Attack-minded left back Bernard Mendy - newly called up to the France team along with Mbappe - hit a fierce shot that goalkeeper Roman Burki spilled.
That forced the match at the Stade Louis II to kick off five minutes later than planned.
The Germany global was dragged off after only 26 minutes as Monaco had attacked freely down his channel and raced into a 2-0 lead through goals by Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao.
"He won't be able to play all the games at this level".
As Dortmund kept pushing forward in numbers, Monaco was stretched down both flanks but, equally, Dortmund was increasingly exposed to slick counterattacking.
Dembele and Reus continued to threaten, while Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko headed over and Mbappe failed to control a good pass as the chances came thick and fast on a chilly night.
The whole Monaco bench rushed to jump on him: a symbolic image of Monaco's teamwork.
"All the players played to a high level and I'm very happy with the performance of all of them", Jardim said via UEFA.com.