Borussia Dortmund carried their outstanding form after a convincing 3 – 0 win over Monaco in the UEFA Champions League.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) October 3, 2018
Leonardo Jardim‘s side haven’t played well for a while, now with 9 matches without a win, and they have nothing to show for their European efforts so far. In contrast, Borussia Dortmund are top of the Bundesliga and have been growing in confidence in the UEFA Champions League as well.
Youri Tielemans directed a superb 20-yard effort towards goal as Monaco probed for an early strike, forcing an acrobatic save from Swiss goalkeeper Roman Burki.
Paco Alcacer bent one around the post from just outside the box at the other end, before Marius Wolf‘s shot from inside the box almost gave Dortmund the lead seven minutes before half-time, but Diego Benaglio made a good reaction save. An injury while making the save left Benaglio unable to continue, and he was replaced by Danijel Subasic.
Jacob Bruun Larsen came on as a half-time substitute, for Marius Wolf, to secure his third goal in as many appearances for Borussia Dortmund. Jadon Sancho sent Jacob Bruun Larsen through on goal and the Dane pounced on Sancho’s through ball and unleashed a low drive into the net past Danijel Subasic in the 51st minute.
Dortmund's new dynamic duo. 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZGMwuKifNG
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 3, 2018
Alcacer’s best chance to score looked to have arrived when Kamil Glik fouled Marco Reus inside the box and the referee pointed towards the spot to award Dortmund a penalty. However, Alcacer smashed a penalty against the crossbar and missed a sure opportunity to seal the three points.
The Barcelona loanee made amends by collecting a pass from Reus and rounding Subasic before shooting into the empty goal to secure his 4th goal for Dortmund in the 72nd minute.
Marco Reus made the victory certain when he drilled Larsen’s low cross into the far corner of the net at the injury time. A late effort from the skipper gave Dortmund a dominant win, which sends the Bundesliga leaders top of Group A, ahead of Atletico Madrid, on goal difference.
Borussia Dortmund will look to preserve their place at the top of the table in Germany when they face Augsburg on Saturday 6th October and Stuttgart on 20th October before hosting Atletico Madrid in the third match of Group A of the UEFA Champions League on 25th October.
AS Monaco host Rennes on 7th October and Strasbourg on 20th October in Ligue 1 before facing Club Brugge in the Champions League on 24th October.