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Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Monaco

Full-time: Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Monaco

A scintillating match at the Westfalenstadion ends in a priceless victory for Monaco. A Kylian Mbappe brace and a horror Sven Bender own goal has given Jardim's men three crucial away goals going into the second leg.

Dortmund were rather poor in the first-half - understandable given recent events - but improved considerably as the game wore on and had chances to restore parity. Aubameyang missed a glorious chance to make it 3-3 at the death, while Dembele and Kagawa were also guilty of spurning opportunities.

It's finely poised for the second leg, that's for sure.

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Just three minutes of stoppage time, and Aubameyang has missed a guilt-edged opportunity to restore parity to the scoreline. For a man of his quality, he must do better. Another huge flashpoint in the tie.

Mbappe stretches the Dortmund defence once again but Piszczek stands tall.

At the other end, Aubameyang surges away from Glik but Dembele can't make enough of his cross. Not long left to go now.

Sahin's whipped ball is controlled incredibly by Kagawa, who manages to keep his composure amid the challenges and slots excellently past Subasic. Dortmund respond instantly.

Falcao is off for Germain as Jardim looks to pin Dortmund back.

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Monaco (Kagawa)

Fabinho picks up a booking for a trod on Dembele. The influential Brazilian will now miss the next match, just how costly could that be for Les Monegasques?

A huge mistake from Piszczek gives Mbappe a golden chance to bare down on goal. The teenager has time to think - something strikers loathe - but manages to execute an absolutely sublime finish past Burki.

Ruthless from the 18-year-old, curtains for Dortmund?

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Monaco (Mbappe)

Falcao should make it 3-1. He rounds Burki with excellent control but just can't keep his effort from going over. A huge flashpoint in the match, Monaco now starting to threaten again.

Sokratis is lucky to escape a second yellow after mistiming a challenge on Mbappe, who burst down the left flank with a lovely combination of pace and skill.

Lemar's delivery is fierce but doesn't cause Dortmund any real problems.

Dembele almost forces an equaliser as he glides past Raggi and Jemerson, but the young Frenchman's effort is blocked at the last. Subasic alleviates pressure with a commanding piece of goalkeeping. Just over quarter of an hour left.

Dirar's first meaningful contribution is to give away a foul. He hauls down Kagawa just outside the penalty area and picks up a yellow card for his troubles.

Pulisic has the beating of Raggi and exploits the Italian once again, but his cutback just evades those in yellow.

Dortmund;'s pressure is not over yet though; they have a free-kick in a dangerous area.

Jardim bids to stem the tide as Dirar replaces Silva, who has been anonymous in the second half.

Some more neat work from Pulisic finds Kagawa in the area but Dembele inadvertently nullifies the attack. Aubameyang then tries his luck with a long-range volley, which is never troubling Subasic.

Dembele almost sends Aubameyang through but the Gabon international just can't bring the ball into his path. Dortmund looking dangerous, rejuvenated by Tuchel's tactical changes.

Guerreiro's delivery is met by Aubameyang, who somehow manages to flick the ball into the path of Kagawa. The Japanese international manages to take Subasic out the game with a deft pass, and Dembele couldn't miss. Game on at the Westfalenstadion!

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Monaco (Dembele)

Ginter manages to connect with a corner but his effort drifts comfortably into the arms of Glik. Encouraging signs from Dortmund but Monaco are holding firm.

Glik rescues Monaco!

The sturdy Pole makes an excellent last-ditch clearance after some incredible work from Pulisic. The young winger has started the half in some fashion, Raggi just cannot live with him at the moment.

Aubameyang almost latches on to a loose backpass but Subasic races out to clear the danger just in time.

Kagawa switches play out to Pulisic brilliantly but the American international is crowded out by Monaco's backline. Dortmund eventually win a corner off Fabinho, but Falcao heads away with authority.

Second half under way. Dortmund earn a free-kick immediately as Jemerson hacks down Aubameyang.

Dembele steps up but executes the set-piece poorly.

Tuchel is making a double change at half-time. Sahin and Pulisic replace Bender and Schmelzer.

Despair for Dortmund as it stands.

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Delight for Monaco...

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Half-time: Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Monaco

A Kylian Mbappe strike and a calamitous Sven Bender own goal have placed Monaco firmly in the driving seat against a Borussia Dortmund side lacking in offensive quality and sharpness.

The principality outfit took the lead when Mbappe, who looked to be standing in an offside position, kneed in a Thomas Lemar cross, and their advantage was doubled a few minutes later as Bender headed a Thomas Raggi delivery past the helpless Roman Burki.

Monaco could be even further in front but Fabinho put his penalty horribly wide after Mbappe was brought down in the area by Sokratis, but Leonardo Jardim will be very happy with the way the first half has gone. Dortmund on the other hand have it all to do.

Claims for a second Monaco penalty waved away by the officials. Moutinho went down under pressure from Bender, but it was never worthy of a spot-kick.

Dembele has the freedom of the Monaco penalty area but wastes his cross. The teenager has to do better there, he was picked out sensationally by the metronomic Weigl.

Quick, meaningful passes from Monaco help them surge up the pitch. Silva ends up a forcing a corner but it comes to nothing.

During the move, Ginter mistimed a challenge on Mbappe and receives a yellow card for his troubles. Late and reckless from the young German.

Sokratis makes a very important challenge on Mbappe, who was baring down on goal. The Greece international is being caused all manner of problems by the Frenchman at the moment, his pace and incisive movement proving a real thorn in the defender's side.

Raggi has time and space to deliver a delicious cross into the area. Bender completely misjudges the cross and inadvertently heads the ball past a Burki, who had no chance of stopping it.

A great header in a sense. Monaco firmly in control now.

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Monaco (Bender OG)

Dembele wriggles through the Monaco defence but pokes his shot wide. He was adjudged offside anyway, but Dortmund are knocking on the door now.

Kagawa finds Ginter excellently. The young German cuts inside Raggi and plays in the Japanese international, but he can only skew his effort harmlessly wide. Dortmund's best opportunity of the match wasted completeley.

Piszczek looks for Dembele but his lofted pass is collected easily by Subasic. Not much invention from the Germans in attack so far, rather disappointing.

The game is briefly paused as Lemar receives treatment after falling awkwardly.

Silva darts at the heart of Monaco and curls a lovely outside-of-the-foot pass to Lemar, who rifles a cross into the path of Mbappe, who adjusted his body to knee the ball home. Huge goal for Monaco, great response to their penalty miss.

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Monaco (Mbappe)

Fabinho scuffs the spot kick horribly wide! Awful work from the Brazilian, will Monaco live to rue that?

Sokratis can't deal with the pace of Mbappe and hauls the French wonderkid down in the penalty area. Fabinho to take...


Schmelzer delivers a teasing ball that flies just over the head of Aubameyang. Possession is retrieved by Dortmund but is eventually wasted by Weigl, who balloons an effort high over the bar.

First chance of the match goes Dortmund's way. Piszczek threads a lovely pass into the path of Aubameyang, but the Gabonese international blazes over from a rather tight angle.

At the other end, Lemar heads over when he perhaps should have done better.

No real chances to speak of as we approach the 10 minute mark. For a game that promised so much attacking play, it's been rather drab so far.

Dembele is warned by the referee after sliding in late on Glik.

Mbappe draws a foul from Weigl with a lovely drop of the shoulder after Silva robbed Schmelzer of the ball.

Dortmund deal with the probing and Aubameyang is almost set away, but Glik manages to cut the ball out just in time.

We are under way in Dortmund. Monaco's Silva has gone on a jinking run with less than 10 seconds on the clock.

The teams are emerging out of the tunnel. Kick off just moments away now.

The critically acclaimed Dortmund fans extend their support to the stricken Bartra.

Borussia Dortmund supporters
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A reminder of today's team news:

Borussia Dortmund: Bürki, Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer, Weigl, Bender, Kagawa, Guerreiro, Dembélé, Aubameyang.

Monaco: Subasic, Glik,Jemerson, Raggi, Touré, Fabinho, Moutinho, Silva, Lemar, Mbappé, Falcao.

Dortmund going through their pre-match routine. Kick-off just 10 minutes away.

Away from the action at the Westfalenstadion, Leicester City are set to take on Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital.

The Foxes have done extremely well to get to the last eight, but some of their fans are simply embarrassing themselves and the club they support.

Roman Burki is paying tribute to Bartra by wearing a shirt adorned with the name of 26-year-old as he is put through his paces ahead of the Moanco clash.

The goalkeeper was sitting next to the Spaniard during the explosions and has spoken about last night's unfortunate episode.

"We left the hotel at 7:15 pm and went down the street. The bus turned to the main street, when there was a giant explosion," he told Blick. "I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, who was hit by fragments.

"After the bang, we all ducked in the bus and who could, put on the ground. We did not know if more happened. The police were quick on the spot .... We're all shocked - nobody thought of a football match in the minute."

Read more from Burki and about the incident here.

There is a major police presence outside Dortmund's ground this evening. The explosions took place in Hochsten, approximately six miles away from the Westfalenstadion, but local authorities are right to approach the clash with extra caution.

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Monaco's travelling fans chant the name of their rivals as a way of showing solidarity. Many of them stayed in the houses of Dortmund supporters last night thanks to the hashtag #bedforawayfans, which was trending on Twitter.


Monaco substitutes: De Sanctis, Jorge, Dirar, Diallo, Ndoram, Cardona, Germain.


Monaco: Subasic, Glik,Jemerson, Raggi, Touré, Fabinho, Moutinho, Silva, Lemar, Mbappé, Falcao.

Dortmund predictably paying tribute to their stricken star before the clash.


Borussia Dortmund substitutes: Weidenfeller, Sahin, Mor, Pulisic, Merino, Passlack.


Borussia Dortmund: Bürki, Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer, Weigl, Bender, Kagawa, Guerreiro, Dembélé, Aubameyang.

A letter found close to the scene of an explosion that hit a bus carrying the Dortmund football team begins with the words "In the name of Allah" and references the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack, according to reports.

German police are investigating the legitimacy of the letter with "Islamic links" which is said to claim responsibility for the explosions.

But police have stressed the motive for the attack is still unclear, adding the letter may have been faked to lead investigators down the wrong path.

Read more here.

Borussia Dortmund players were understandably in a state of shock after the unfortunate episode, but Hans-Joachim Watzke has called on BVB to overcome the events of Tuesday night and secure victory against Monaco.

"The team is in shock. We must get through this," Watzke told The Guardian.

"In extreme situations, all Borussia fans move even closer together and I'm sure the team will feel that tomorrow. Technically, it's possible to play. If the players are able to shake this off is an entirely different matter."

A suspect with an Islamist background has been held in connection with the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund football team bus.

Police are seeking a second suspect following the explosion as the German football team made their way onto the bus for their Champions League game against Monaco.

Detectives investigating the blast have revealed that one of the three "serious explosive devices" which went off contained metal pins, adding it was lucky "nothing worse happened".

Read more on the story here.

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Images shown holes blown through the side of Dortmund's team bus. Reuters

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says the club will not succumb to 'terror and hatred' after their team bus was hit by three explosions on Tuesday evening (11 April).

Police are carrying out an investigation and have found a letter near the scene that is believed to have been written by the perpetrators. The motive for the attack is not yet known.

"We want to show that terror and hatred can never dictate our actions," Watzke said in a statement on Dortmund's official website. "This is perhaps the most difficult situation that we have faced in decades.

"We do not just play for us today. We play for everyone – no matter whether Borussia, Bayer or Schalke supporters. And of course we play for Marc Bartra, who wants to see his team win."

Read more on the story here.

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Watzke does not want Dortmund to be cowed by the unfortunate episode. Getty Images

We start with an update from stricken Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra, who has taken to social media to tell the world that he is recovering well after suffering a broken wrist during the explosions.

"Hello everybody! As you can see I am doing much better," he wrote on Instagram."Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages!

"All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to Borussia Dortmund for tonight's match! #HejaBVB."

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Bartra took to social media to inform people of his condition. Instagram/ @MarcBartra

Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco.

The clash between two of the most entertaining teams in Europe has understandably taken a backseat over the last 24 hours. The game was postponed until this evening after the Dortmund bus was hit by three explosions on Tuesday night.

Marc Bartra was the only casualty from the incident and has undergone surgery on his broken wrist, but the Spain international has taken to social media to inform the world that he is okay.

The former Barcelona star will not feature against Monaco tonight, and Thomas Tuchel has a number of other injury concerns ahead of the clash with the principality outfit, with Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Andre Schurrle all major doubts.

Stay right here for all the latest updates and reaction to the clash at the Westfalenstadion. Team news is expected shortly.

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Bartra took to social media to inform people of his condition. Instagram/ @MarcBartra