UEFA Disputes Pressure Claim On Dortmund, Monaco Clash

Sokratis Papastathopoulos suggested he felt Dortmund players had been treated like "animals", while Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim admitted it was hard for the players to concentrate as his side secured a 3-2 victory.

"I don't know if people can understand this but until I was on the pitch in the second half I did not think about football to be honest. I can't forget the faces".

"Minutes after the attacks, the only question was whether the game could go through or not".

Tuchel said his team felt ignored by European football's governing body UEFA after they were made to play less than 24 hours after the attack. We were treated as if a beer can was thrown at the bus.

An exit from the Dortmund stadium was briefly closed, as police examined suspicious packages, but quickly re-opened.

Dortmund regrouped after the break - scoring through Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa - in an entertaining encounter in which French teenager Kylian Mbappe shone, finding the net twice to become, aged 18 and 113 days, the youngest player to score two goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

German police are investigating a possible Islamist link to three explosions that rocked the Borussia Dortmund football team bus after a letter found at the scene reportedly referred to the Berlin Christmas market attack. Defender Marc Bartra was injured in the blasts and hospitalized, but there were no casualties. The center back made a thumbs-up gesture with his left hand and wrote on Instagram that he's "doing much better". The rendition of the club's anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone" was more moving than usual before kickoff and, by wearing coordinated colored ponchos, the home fans in the Kop end of the stadium displayed the club badge.

Dortmund's ability to bounce back from the shock of the bus attack and the subsequent 3-2 loss to Monaco will be closely watched as they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Christian Pulisic unsettled the visitors with his runs and fellow substitute Nuri Sahin instigated a wonderful team move that ended with Ousmane Dembele scoring.

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