Dortmund lose to Monaco in rescheduled CL match

April 13, 2017
Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Roman Weidenfeller, Matthias Ginter and Julian Weigl (from left) react after losing 2-3 during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg football match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, Germany, yesterday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

DORTMUND, Germany (AP):

Borussia Dortmund lost its rescheduled Champions League quarterfinal with Monaco 3-2 yesterday after tributes were paid to the player injured when three explosions targeted the German team's bus.

Teammates of Marc Bartra, who underwent surgery for injuries to his wrist and arm after Tuesday's attack, wore T-shirts emblazoned with the defender's picture and a message in Spanish saying: "A lot of strength we are with you."

And Dortmund didn't let the Spaniard down on the field despite losing the first leg, which was originally due to be played on Tuesday.


High-scoring sides


"It was very difficult for the team to focus on the game," Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said. "But we noticed that training did us good."

Far from capitulating against one of Europe's high-scoring sides, for whom Kylian Mbappe scored twice, Dortmund fought back to deny Monaco a commanding lead to take into the second leg.

"Of course it affected everyone on our team," Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic told British broadcaster BT, sidestepping questions about whether the game should have gone ahead so soon after a traumatic incident.

"Today was the day that the game was and we had to play it. So we tried to go out and I'm still proud of us for being strong and going out and playing regardless."

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