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Monaco Edge Out Dortmund In Thrilling Encounter

Kylian Mbappe struck twice as Monaco claimed a thrilling 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday’s rescheduled Champions League quarterfinal first leg to seize the advantage in the tie.

Police ramped up security in the city as German investigators detained an Islamist suspect over three explosions that rocked Dortmund’s team bus on Tuesday and left Spain international Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel had criticised the decision to go-ahead with the game.

“We would have liked to have had more time to work through it,” he said.

“There are players who easily brushed it off, but there are also players who really took it to heart. They are more thoughtful.”

Dortmund defiantly vowed not to “give in to terror” after the harrowing events from 24 hours earlier, but the home side struggled early and fell behind on 19 minutes — although only after Fabinho missed a rare penalty.

Mbappe bundled in the opening goal from an offside position before Sven Bender, filling in for Bartra in defence, headed into his own net to compound Dortmund’s problems.

Ousmane Dembele pulled one back for Dortmund on 57 minutes, but Mbappe fired in his second of the game to leave Monaco as favourites to reach the last four despite Shinji Kagawa’s late strike.

Extra forces were deployed around team hotels and their buses took designated safe routes to the stadium.

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