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Match Recap: Dortmund Blanks Monaco 2-0

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Two goals from Raph + 0-0 draw in Belgium = BVB Group A winners

Club Atletico de Madrid v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Group A Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

With a comfortable 2-0 win over Monaco and a draw between Atletico Madid and Club Brugge, Dortmund are top of Group A in the final Champions League Group Stage matchday.

With advancement out of the group secured and sandwiched between tough matches against Schalke and Werder Bremen, Favre opted to rotate the squad. Players like Schmelzer, Hitz, Toprak, Philipp, and Dahoud were given starts against the French side, who are fighting relegation in Ligue 1, while players like Marius Wolf and Sergio Gomez (yay!) came on as subs.

In a surprisingly empty Stade Louis II, Dortmund controlled the action. They scored quickly in the 15th minute thanks to a tap-in by Guerreiro. The play started with a cross across the field by Guerreiro that was eventually collected by Schmelzer. The old leftback sent in a low cross that found no one until Pulisic tracked back to collect the ball. He found Philipp making a run down the right, who sent in a pinpoint low cross to the backpost past the Monaco goalkeeper to Guerreiro for what is probably the easiest goal of his career.

Dortmund wouldn’t find the back of the net until much later in the half, but in the meantime Dortmund put their foot on Monaco and, even with a mostly-rotated side, dominated a team that had nothing to play for other than personal pride.

As the match wore on, Dortmund continued to get chances, and in the 88th minute they finally put this one away with Raph’s second of the night. Schmelzer drove at the Monaco team following another giveaway, and he found Pulisic behind the backline with a nice pass. The American got around the fullback Raggi (who looks awful every time I see him play) and sent in a slightly-deflected cross to Paco. He flicked it to a wide open Raph, and he buried it top-right corner for the final goal.

More importantly, thanks to Club Brugge holding Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw, we finish atop Group A and will avoid heavy hitters like Paris St-Germain, Manchester City, Barcelona, and Juventus. The Champions League draw will be next Monday the 17th.

Watch us get Liverpool. Just watch.