The original tie, scheduled for Tuesday evening, was postponed just 15 minutes before kick-off following three explosions near the Dortmund team hotel as the team set off to the stadium.
The match was rescheduled for 5.45pm, with Monaco winning 3-2.
One of the explosions hit the team bus, with defender Marc Bartra needing emergency care at the scene before having surgery later that evening on a broken bone in his wrist and to remove debris from his hand.
Yesterday, Bartra posted a picture of himself on social media smiling and on the road to recovery.
He wrote: “Hello everybody! As you can see I’m doing much better. Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages. All my strength to my team-mates, supporters and fans.”
Dortmund's tie against Monaco was postponed on Tuesday because of explosions near their team bus
Dortmund showed their support to Marc Bartra who was injured from the explosions
A suspected Islamic extremist was arrested yesterday, with investigators confirming their focus has been on two suspects from the “Islamic spectrum”, both of whose apartments have been searched.
The three explosions occurred near the Dortmund team hotel as the squad were travelling to the Westfalenstadion. The explosives were hidden behind a hedge and were equipped with metal pins – one of which was found embedded in one of the headrests on the team bus. The blast area, prosecutors said, was more than 100 metres.
The German Federal Prosecutor’s Office said three similar letters claiming responsibility found near the site made an Islamic extremist motive possible.”
Last night, police informed fans that bags were not allowed inside the stadium but that did not stop the solidarity between the two sides, with Dortmund creating a hashtag group on Twitter – #bedsforawayfans – for any Monaco fans who did not have accommodation following the rescheduled fixture.
This hospitality continued before the match as both sets of fans drank and sung to one another in the city centre but the atmosphere was very different when heading to the stadium from the city centre.
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The hustle and chanting that transpired on Tuesday was turned into silence on Wednesday. Walking towards the stadium, the sense of what had happened the previous day was in the air with the addition of heavily armed police officers.
The numbers were visually tenfold compared to Tuesday evening and, although there did not seem to be any trouble in the area, people were still affected by the events.
One Dortmund fan Sebastian Sollgan, however, emphasised that despite what happened near the team hotel, it was just like a normal match day.
“None of us are scared,” he said. “We have our normal routines, we are just doing them earlier than usual. The stadium is probably the safest place in Dortmund right now.
“I think there will be a thicker bond between the two sets of fans. “What Monaco fans did yesterday, chanting ‘Dortmund, Dortmund’ earned our respect. There is now a stadium friendship.”
There was even a brief scare last night when police found suspicious packaged near the stadium’s exits, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
Hola a todos! Como veis ya estoy mucho mejor, muchas gracias a todo el mundo por los mensajes de apoyo! Toda mi fuerza a mis compañeros, afición y todo el @bvb09 para el partido de esta noche! #HejaBVB Hello everybody! As you can see I am doing much better. Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages! All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to @bvb09 for tonight's match! #HejaBVB
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Indeed, the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) has called for a “proportionate” response from clubs, governing bodies and police.
Coming so soon after similar incidents elsewhere in Europe, including the fatal explosions before a France-Germany friendly in Paris in November 2015, there are wide calls to beef up security around major sporting events.
But an FSF spokesperson said: “It’s important to supporters that they are able to attend football in safety but it’s equally important that security measures are proportionate.
“One hundred per cent safety can never be guaranteed. It’s vital that terrorists do not succeed by disrupting this much-loved part of our way of life.”
With 10 Premier League games scheduled this weekend and Monday, it is inevitable that questions will be asked over the measures being taken by the clubs and local authorities.
A Premier League spokesman said the league’s stance has not changed since the terror attack on Berlin’s Christmas Market in December, when all relevant information from the security authorities was shared with the clubs.”