What should have been a night of superlative football turned out to be another tragic news story as the game between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was postponed after a series of explosions struck the Dortmund bus as it left their hotel. In the other game, Juventus destroyed Barcelona in Turin.
Officials had to postpone the Champions League quarter-final tie between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco after three separate explosions rocked the team coach as it pulled out of a hotel en route to the Westfalenstadion in the build-up to the game.
Dortmund’s Spanish centre-half Marc Bartra was the only player injured in the attack. Barta sustained a fractured arm and shrapnel damage. The former Barcelona star will have to face the surgeon’s knife and will miss the rescheduled game that takes place Wednesday night.
The local police have confirmed that a letter was found at the scene claiming responsibility for the attack but have not named those responsible. Reports claim that experts found at least one other explosive device near the hotel.