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Injured soccer player: bus attack 'hardest 15 minutes of my life'

21 April 2017

"We were in touch with all parties and never received any information which suggested that any of the teams did not want to play", said a Uefa spokesman.

The attack forced a 24-hour postponement of the team's high-profile clash with AS Monaco, which turned out to be a pulsating encounter that the visitors won 3-2. We would have wished very, very much that they could have found another date for the match.

"We basically had the feeling that we were being treated as if a beer can had hit our bus, and half an hour later the decision was made that (it would be held) tomorrow at 6.45 p.m". But you shouldn't forget there were 30 people sitting in it, so it's an attack on us as people.

Ms Merkel praised Dortmund fans for offering accommodation to fans after the match was postponed and said, "We all agree that we are dealing with a despicable act".

Talking about the threat of terrorism, he said: "We saw it a lot of times on TV and it was far, far away from us, even when it was in Istanbul, my country, on New Year's Eve".

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German investigators Thursday focused their probe into three explosions that rocked the Borussia Dortmund football team bus on a sole "Islamist" suspect in custody, after the side defiantly returned to the pitch.

And Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel claims the decision to play on Wednesday night was "imposed" on his players.

The result left the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg in England next week, as Leicester bid to maintain a fairytale run in their first season in Europe's elite club competition. "In the end in the game we made the best we could of it".

Dortmund said in a statement on Wednesday that Bartra had to have an operation on his arm and wrist after the attack but that it went well. I saw the faces of my former players and I saw the shock in their eyes and that was really, really hard.

"When I was on the bus last night, I can't forget the faces, I will never forget those faces".

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He added: "I am like all the other football fans in the world but the only difference is I know all of them so it makes it more hard for me".

"I needed to write and unburden myself and to settle everything so I can just think about getting 100 per cent as soon as possible".

It was clear, however, that the incident had affected the German side when the match began.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel stressed that it wasn't easy for his players to mentally regroup to play the match after being targeted by a terrorist attack.

And, after wearing T-shirts supporting their stricken team-mate in the warm-up, Dortmund's first-half performance proved doubters right as Monaco, who also missed a penalty, surged into a two-goal lead through Kylian Mbappe's opener and a Sven Bender own goal.

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Injured soccer player: bus attack 'hardest 15 minutes of my life'