Dortmund angry it was forced to play; UEFA says team agreed

The roadside blasts left Dortmund's Spanish global Marc Bartra and a policeman injured, with the bombs "containing metal pieces" detonating minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.

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But former German global Lothar Matthaeus said it was "irresponsible" to get the players to go through with the game so soon after the attack.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, who attended Dortmund's match, said the "fascination" surrounding football drove terrorists to try to disrupt it.

In this February 14, 2017 fie photo, Dortmund's Marc Bartra reacts during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Benfica and Borussia Dortmund in Lisbon.

Dortmund regrouped after the break - scoring through Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa - in an entertaining encounter in which French teenager Kylian Mbappe shone, finding the net twice to become, aged 18 and 113 days, the youngest player to score two goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"The coach told me that it was part of the rotation, I accepted it. At that time we did not know the reasons for this attack".

The Spanish defender, whose arm and hand were injured in the attack, thanked fans for their support and said on Twitter and Instagram: "As you can see I am doing much better". "We want to help every player to overcome his inner conflict".

Bartra wrote: "Today, I received in hospital the happiest visit".

"I don't know if the people can understand this but, until I was on the pitch in the second half, I didn't think about football", he said. But Monaco were awarded a penalty when Mbappe was impeded by Sokratis Papastathopoulos, only for Brazilian Fabinho - who had converted all 16 previous career spot-kicks - to drag wide of the post.

"Last night we felt how it is to be in a situation like this".

"We had to just submit to what happened".

"If we get our act together, we can put four goals past anybody", said Enrique.

UEFA official Giorgio Marchetti told CNN Sport Wednesday he had encountered "nothing of this nature" before.

"I do not wish to live through that with anyone again".

"The players were affected by what happened, very affected even". We give them our full support. "Today was extreme and we tried to get ourselves up to the standard of a Champions League quarterfinal".

  • Leroy Wright