Hardest 15 minutes of my life - Bartra

April 15, 2017
A window of Dortmund's team bus is damaged after an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal football match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany which was postponed on Tuesday. It was played a day later with Dortmund losing 3-2.

DORTMUND, Germany (AP):

Marc Bartra, who was wounded in an attack on the team bus of German football club Borussia Dortmund, says the experience was the "hardest 15 minutes" of his life.

The Spaniard underwent surgery following injuries to his wrist and arm after three explosions shattered a window of the bus ahead of Tuesday's scheduled Champions League quarter-final against Monaco in Dortmund.

"The pain, the panic and the uncertainty of not knowing what was going on, or how long it would last ... were the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life," the 26-year-old defender wrote on Instagram yesterday. He was the only player to receive serious injuries in the attack.

"I think that the shock is decreasing more and more and, at the same time, it adds to the desire to live, to fight, to work, to laugh, to cry, to feel, to love," Bartra said. "The only thing I ask is for everyone to live in peace and to leave behind the wars."

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said Bartra will be out for about four weeks.

Tuesday's first-leg match was postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday, with Monaco winning 3-2.

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