Borussia Dortmund 2, Monaco 3
Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Borussia Dortmund slipped to defeat in an emotionally charged Champions League match rescheduled following Tuesday’s bomb attack on the German team’s bus.
Dortmund played with admirable poise and intensity given the shocking events of the previous evening, which left their defender Marc Bartra needing surgery, and almost stunned Monaco with a famous comeback in the quarter-final first leg.
Having fallen behind to a fortunate Mbappe effort and Sven Bender’s own goal, Dortmund pulled one back through Ousmane Demebele and, after teenage striker Mbappe curled a fine third for the visitors, Shinji Kagawa deftly reduced the arrears again to set up a grandstand finish.
Monaco held on to take a slender lead into next week’s second leg, although they also have the advantage of three away goals.
Before the match, both sets of fans joined in rendition of terrace anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” before kick-off as a show of solidarity.
German police, meanwhile, confirmed they had arrested one man and searched the home of a second man in connection with the planting of three explosive devices.
The attack on the Dortmund bus while parked outside the team’s hotel, 90 minutes before Tuesday evening’s fixture had been due to kick off, is being treated as terrorism.
Police said the two suspects had Islamist connections and that they had found multiple copies of the same letter at the scene demanding the withdrawal of German fighter jets from Syria and the closure of an American air base in Germany.
A spokesperson for Germany’s federal prosecutor said: “Two suspects from the Islamist spectrum have become the focus of our investigation. Both of their apartments were searched, and one of the two has been detained.”
Prosecutors added that many more people could have been injured in the blasts, which sent shrapnel flying, some of it left embedded into headrests on the Dortmund coach.
Bartra, the only casualty, had recovered sufficiently yesterday to express his thanks on social media for an outpouring of concern and sympathy.
Dortmund said the former Barcelona player had needed an operation to treat a broken wrist and remove debris lodged in his hand.
Ronaldo reaches Euro milestone
Elsewhere last night, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score 100 goals in European competition as Real Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 at 10-man Bayern Munich in their quarter-final first leg.
Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal put the hosts in front but wasted a chance to double their advantage when he missed a penalty just before half-time.
Ronaldo punished that mistake by equalising soon after the interval and, after Javi Martinez had been dismissed for the hosts, the Real forward notched a winner.