Monaco win day after bomb attack

"At the site of the attack, three written claims of responsibility were found. An Islamic background is possible". In it, the perpetrators "demanded the withdrawal of [German] tornado fighter jets from Syria and, I quote, the closure of Ramstein airbase", said Koehler.

Tobias Plate, a spokesman for Germany's Interior Ministry, said notes claiming responsibility haven't been a feature of past Islamic extremist attacks.

But Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watze vowed that his side "will not give in to terror".

It wasn't the performance Dortmund wanted, but you can't blame the team after the insane 24 hours it has just experienced, which saw its bus attacked and defender Marc Bartra injured.

Watzke said in a statement on the club website: "The BVB family was always especially strong when it had to cope with hard situations".

"We would have wanted to have more time to digest all of this".

"We're not just playing for ourselves tonight (against Monaco)".

We let the players decide if they wanted to play today. We play for everyone - no matter whether Borussia, Bayer or Schalke supporters.

"The Borussia family has shown that we close ranks in hard times and that's what we also want to do for Marc".

With Bartra ruled out of the rearranged game on Wednesday night and with Dortmund reeling from the attack, it was Monaco who started the game the better of the two sides with Mbappe - who has now scored 18 goals in all competitions for Monaco this season - handing the visitors the lead in the 19th minute. This team had to process the incomprehensible in a short space of time. "We all need to help them to perform as well as they possibly can". I told him I was with him and his team, that we were all together.

Watzke took a phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday morning.

"It was very hard for the team to focus on the game", Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said.

After an operation, Bartra posted a photo of himself with a bandage wrapped around much of his right arm, and a smaller bandage around his left wrist.

He wrote: "Hello everybody!"

Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev expressed his support for Bartra and the Dortmund team, and he praised fans for their reaction.

The Swiss worldwide was sat next to the Spaniard when the attack took place on the Dortmund bus.

"The worst thing would be if whoever committed this attack was now able to get to affect them through it", he said.

"I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, who was hit by fragments of the broken glass". As if we had thrown a beer on our coach. "We did not know what had happened".

The match, postponed in the wake of the attack, will be played Wednesday night amid tight security. We did not get this time.

UEFA, European soccer's governing body, increased security for all three Champions Leagues games on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid face Leicester in Spain in the third of three games.

"German Sky sports reporter Rolf Fuhrmann tweeted: "#bedforawayfans Dortmund & Co, you are all simply brilliant", while one fan tweeted: "Thank you for showing that football is not just football#bedforawayfans.

Monaco fan Olivier Pourcel used the hashtag "Bedforawayfans" to find a place to sleep and in the process made a new friend. "Football should not be taken hostage by these individuals", he said.

  • Julie Sanders