Borussia Dortmund 2 Monaco 3: Kylian Mbappe double gives French side first-leg advantage

Miles Dilworth
Kylian Mbappe celebrates putting his side ahead on the night - Bongarts

Monaco showed little room for sentiment as they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Less than 24 hours after the original tie was postponed when three explosions went off near the Dortmund team bus as they made their way to Signal Iduna Park, the Ligue 1 leaders gained the advantage thanks to Kylian Mbappe's double and a Sven Bender own goal.

Questions were asked whether Dortmund would have been in the right frame of mind to take the field so soon after the incident and with team-mate Marc Bartra in hospital having undergone surgery on an arm injury sustained in the blasts.

And, after wearing T-shirts supporting their stricken team-mate in the warm-up, their first-half performance proved doubters right as Monaco, who also missed a first-half spot-kick, surged into a two-goal lead.

Borussia Dortmund's Roman Burki wears the shirt of Marc Bartra before the match Credit: Reuters

The second half was a different story and Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa goals either side of Mbappe's second left it all to play for ahead of the return leg in the Principality.

Mbappe, tipped to be the next big star of European football, was in the game from the off and showcased his pace and power as he earned a 17th-minute penalty.

He surged into the area and was felled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who received a booking, but Fabinho dragged his spot-kick well wide of the post.

Dortmund's reprieve lasted just two minutes, however, as Monaco went ahead in the 19th minute, though there was more than a hint of luck involved.

Dortmund's players before the match kicks off Credit: Getty Images

Thomas Lemar found himself in space on the left and squared across goal to Mbappe, who was in an offside position, and Monaco's fortune did not end there as the striker converted off his thigh, without knowing too much about it.

Things got even better for the French side 10 minutes before half-time as they doubled the lead when Andrea Raggi's superb delivery from the left was diverted into his own net by a hapless Bender.

Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel responded at the break by bringing on Nuri Sahin and Christian Pulisic and it had an immediate effect, as kicking towards the 'Yellow Wall' the hosts were rampant after the restart.

After several near misses, they finally got back into the game just before the hour when Dembele stuck into an empty net after neat play by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kagawa.

Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco shots on goal

As Dortmund pushed for a leveller, Monaco had a superb chance to restore their two-goal lead with 15 minutes remaining, when Lemar's ball set Radamel Falcao free, the striker rounded goalkeeper Roman Burki but blazed over when off balance.

Monaco were not so wasteful when their next chance arrived in the 79th minute as Mbappe intercepted Lukasz Pisczek's loose pass, raced clear and sent a sublime finish into the top corner.

It was his 21st goal of the season and only enhances his flourishing reputation.

Kagawa gave Dortmund hope, though, five minutes later with a superb goal, killing Pulisic's cross dead, before slotting home in style.

Aubameyang could have earned a draw in injury time but he headed over and Monaco will leave Germany as favourites to progress.

7:58PM

To the Stade Louis II we go

That's all from me tonight. Stay tuned for Oliver Brown's incoming report.

I'll give the last word to the man of the moment:

Monaco's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their third goal  Credit: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

7:49PM

Mbappe lives up to the hype

7:48PM

Final stats

7:44PM

Emotional scenes following the final whistle

Tonight was not all about the football.

7:42PM

Pulisic pulls the strings

Pulisic was the difference in that second half. Direct running with penetrative passing to boot. He and Dembele took turns to torture Andrea Raggi down the right flank and ultimately open up a Monaco defence that had looked comfortable in the first half. Without Piszcek's blemish they would be heading to the Stade Louis II stadium all square.

7:39PM

Insight

Martin Keown says:

"Lots of goals. Dortmund better in the second half."

Thanks Martin.

7:39PM

FULL TIME

Monaco see out the final minute unscathed. The visitors very much with the advantage going into the second leg, but Dortmund's second half display just about enough to keep them in it.

Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa, right, scores his side's second goal during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco Credit: Martin Meissner/AP

7:38PM

Time on ball (at full time)

Possession: Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco 7:37PM

Average touch positions (full time)

Average touch positions (full time) 7:36PM

92 mins

Corner comes to nothing but back to Dembele on the right, who whips it on a sixpence to Aubameyang, but Kamil Glik does just enough to put off the striker and he can't get a proper connection. The ball sails over the bar. More of a side-header. Off the forehead and it was in.

7:34PM

90 mins

Pulisic down the right again. What a difference he has made. Another corner won. 

3 minutes of time added on.

Monaco's Kylian Mbappe-Lottin scores their third goal Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

7:33PM

89 mins

Piszczek gives the ball away on the edge of his own area again, but this time Monaco squander it.

Dembele is then put through one-on-one with Raggi down the right hand side, but he opts against taking on his man and instead puts in a harmless cross that is straightforward for Monaco to deal with.

Dilemma for Tuchel: press for a third and risk conceding a fourth, or take it as is. Have to push forward, surely?

7:31PM

The referee's busy at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK

Danijel Subasic of Monaco becomes the seventh player to go into the book of referee Daniele Orsato.

7:31PM

87 mins

Nothing coming from it. What a game. And what a final few minutes we have in prospect here.

7:30PM

87 mins

Cross in from the right hand side by Sahin. Kagawa does brilliantly first to get there before Jemerson, controlling a difficult ball before turning inside to fashion an opening, which he duly dispatches to Subasic's far post.

Game on.

Valere Germain on for Radamel Falcao for Monaco.

Corner to Dortmund.

7:29PM

GOAL!

Borussia Dortmund are right back in it now - it's 2-3, thanks to a goal from Shinji Kagawa.

Borussia Dortmund 2 - 3 Monaco (Shinji Kagawa, 84 min) 7:27PM

83 mins

Beautiful finish from Mbappe. I did him a disservice when I said he gave it some welly. It starts off outside the post and curls perfectly onto the postage stamp. A bit special, is this guy.

Have Dortmund given themselves too much to do now? Not if they can grab another goal back in the final ten minutes or so.

7:25PM

81 mins

Dortmund just trying to pass the ball around the back, but it's a woeful attempted ball from Piszczek to Sokratis and Mbappe steals it. Clean through on goal, he makes no mistake and gives it some welly into the top-right corner. Emphatic.

Totally self-inflicted, and from such an experienced player.

7:23PM

GOAL!

The two-goal cushion has been restored. Monaco lead 1-3 thanks to a goal from Kylian Mbappe.

Borussia Dortmund 1 - 3 Monaco (Kylian Mbappe, 79 min) 7:23PM

79 mins

Dortmund's goal

Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele, rear left, scores his side's first goal Credit: Federico Gambarini/DPA

7:21PM

78 mins

It's headed clear to Pulisic on the edge of the box, who attempts some form of contortionist volley but only succeeds in scooping it towards Subasic.

7:20PM

76 mins

What an opportunity for Falcao. Lemar chips in a lovely little ball to the Colombian forward who chests the ball down and around the outside of Roman Burki but puts his half volley over the bar with Burki in no man's land.

Monaco starting to see a bit more of the ball, but Dortmund have another corner.

7:20PM

Time on ball (60 - 75 min)

Possession: Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco 7:19PM

75 mins

Monaco find an outlet and it's Mbappe, quel surprise. Deft footwork has Sokratis in a tangle and the defender hauls down his man. He's on a yellow, but the referee takes no further action.

Dortmund then break down the right after Monaco squander possession but it comes to nowt.

7:16PM

73 mins

Raggi can't deal with this Dortmund attack right now. This time Dembele has his number, turning the left back inside out to work a shooting opportunity, but his effort is blocked. An equaliser is looking like an inevitability unless Monaco can do something to stem the tide, particularly down their left hand side.

7:14PM

70 mins

Excellent delivery and an equally important covering header from one of the Monaco defenders, possibly Jemerson.

Monaco hanging on.

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

7:13PM

69 mins

It's raining free kicks. The substitute Dirar sees yellow with his first action, all over Kagawa who has him for pace. Edge of the area on the left hand side. Guerreiro over it...

7:12PM

68 mins

More defending to do for Monaco. Guerreiro with a free kick from a central left position about 40 yards out. He stands it up to the far post and the knock down is only just cleared in time before Dembele can get a shot away.

7:10PM

67 mins

Dortmund already with more attempts on goal in this half than the first. Monaco losing their way going forward. They need to slow this game down, somehow, get on the ball and take the sting out of this Dortmund side.

Change for Monaco: Nabil Dirar coming on for Bernardo Silva.

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa celebrate after Ousmane Dembele pulls one back for the hosts Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

7:07PM

64 mins

Wonderfully deft touch from Aubameyang to put in Kagawa, a wee flick with the attention of the defenders pressuring him for time. Dortmund's puppeteers starting to pull the strings.

Guerreiro chases a lost cause down the left and then dispossesses Bernardo Silva. The ball bobbles up on the half volley and he curls it in first time, but the ball has too much pace on it for Aubameyang and Dembele.

All Dortmund. Half time changes working wonders.

7:06PM

Time on ball (45 - 60 min)

Possession: Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco 7:04PM

60 mins

Dortmund with their danders up and Raggi is being run ragged now. He's booked for a foul on Pulisic. Guerreiro's delivery is too close to the keeper.

7:04PM

59 mins

Dortmund work it wide to Lemar who puts the ball inside to Aubameyang. The forward does brilliantly to squeeze it first time to Kagawa, who just beats Subasic to the ball and squares it to Dembele for a tap in. 

7:02PM

GOAL!

Borussia Dortmund are right back in it now - it's 1-2, thanks to a goal from Ousmane Dembélé.

Borussia Dortmund 1 - 2 Monaco (Ousmane Dembélé, 57 min) 7:00PM

57 mins

All joy for Dortmund coming down this right hand side. Raggi's defensive frailties starting to be exposed. Dembele this time with the run, Jemerson tries to help out his full back but is pinged for a push. 

Ginter can't get any power behind his header from the resultant free kick and it balloons harmlessly into the arms of Subasic.

6:58PM

54 mins

Pulisic is away down the right and skids a ball low across the Monaco area but Glik, not for the first time, gets the crucial touch to clear.

Pulisic is involved again in the next attack down the right before pulling the ball back to Dembele who's checked his run, but his shot is blocked.

Lively riposte to the half time team talk by the hosts. Pulisic making all the difference.

6:55PM

52 mins

Corner for Dortmund. Kagawa flashes a ball across the six yard box and Fabinho is at full stretch to divert the ball away from lurking attackers.

Delivery from Guerreiro is cleared.

6:54PM

51 mins

Aubameyang nearly breaks the line but Subasic is alive and comes off his line to clear with his feet a la Neuer. First time he's touched the ball. Dortmund have started brightly.

6:51PM

47 mins

Dembele steps up and tries to second guess the keeper by sticking it in the top corner of the goal that Subasic is guarding, but it sails high and wide.

6:50PM

46 mins

Immediate chance for Dortmund, who have retained their shape with wing backs rather than returning to Tuchel's favoured 4-1-4-1. Jemerson brings down Aubameyang on the edge of the area and is booked. Three players over it...

6:49PM

Changes for Dortmund

Sven Bender is replaced by Nuri Sahin. Christian Pulisic on for Marcel Schmelzer.

Those average touch positions show you that most of Dortmund's possession has been around halfway, posing little threat to Monaco's defensive line. An archetypal away performance from the visitor's so far, executed to a tee.

6:43PM

Not a natural centre back

"It's not enough a) to get a foul or b) to put Bender off," says Rapha Honigstein of a potential foul by Radamel Falcao on Sven Bender in the lead up to the own goal.

"He's not a natural centre back; he's a central midfielder. He's only come in tonight because of Bartra's injury," says Honigstein.

Borussia Dortmund's Sven Bender scores an own goal and the second for Monaco Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

6:40PM

Martin Keown on the missed penalty

It was soft. No doubt about it. Mbappe goes down as soon as he feels any sort of contact. 

I thought that would be a wake up call for Dortmund but they just seemed to get worse after that.

6:39PM

Dortmund dominating possession but not the scoresheet

The hosts had 69% possession in that first half, but Monaco leading the shot count by 5 to 4. Subasic not yet called into action.

Uncharacteristic from a usually free-scoring side.

Another interesting stat for you: Monaco really struggling with their pass completion, which stands at 67%; Dortmund's at 84%. Doesn't seem to affecting them too much at the moment, mind.

Dortmund's Sven Bender, center, reacts after scoring an own goal Credit: Martin Meissner/AP

6:33PM

Time on ball (first half)

Possession: Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco 6:33PM

Average touch positions (half time)

Average touch positions (half time) 6:32PM

45 mins

Tuchel might have to change things up at half time. Monaco looking comfortable repelling Dortmund's midfield.

Falcao has a dig from the edge of the area but Ginter gets the block in.

2 minutes of added time.

Monaco's Radamel Falcao celebrates after Borussia Dortmund's Sven Bender scored a own goal and the second for Monaco Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/REUTERS

6:29PM

44 mins

Raggi, a supposed weak link in today's line up as a replacement for the injured Mendy, is playing like a man with a point to prove. Following that peach of a ball for Monaco's second, he's back getting a vital touch on a ball whipped into his far post and then rushing to clear the loose ball from an onrushing Piszczek.

Dortmund desperately trying to salvage something from the first 45 but still unable to trouble Subasic in the Monaco goal.

6:26PM

40 mins

Yellow card coming out for Ginter for an aggressive tackle on Lemar in midfield. Quite right. The Monaco man stays down.

Looking at that goal again, there was very little Bender could do with that. One of those where he had to get something on it or Falcao would have tucked it in himself.

Bender appealed for a foul afterwards, but there was minimal contact between him and Falcao.

6:23PM

37 mins

It was a tough ball for Bender to deal with, whipped in as it was by Andre Raggi. The defender diving back towards his own goal can only stick in via the crossbar. He went neither high nor wide.

Huge half shaping up for the visitors.

6:21PM

OWN GOAL!

It's 0-2 and it's a disaster for Sven Bender, who puts through his own net!

Borussia Dortmund 0 - 2 Monaco (Sven Bender, 35 min) 6:20PM

34 mins

Dortmund back on the front foot here. Probing the edge of the Monaco penalty area but are a little too ponderous and the away side are able to snuff out most of the attempted killer passes.

The home side think they're clean through on goal but Dembele is offside. He puts it wide in any case.

6:17PM

31 mins

Great chance for Dortmund. Ginter gets forward down the right and cuts inside his defender. He puts it on a plate for Kagawa but the forward gets his feet in a tangle and can only shin it wide from the penalty spot.

6:16PM

Time on ball (15 - 30 min)

Possession: Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco 6:16PM

29 mins

Mbappe stays down after a challenge from Ginter. Doesn't look like there's too much in it and he seems fine to carry on. Lemar whips in a cracking delivery from the resulting free kick but it's just too high for the onrushing Toure. Free header had he been able to connect.

A better angle of the earlier penalty miss:

Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Buerki dives for the ball as Monaco's Fabinho fails to score from the penalty spot Credit: Martin Meissner/AP

 Before Mbappe celebrates putting his side ahead:

Kylian Mbappe (R) of AS Monaco celebrates scoring the opening goal Credit:  Maja Hitij/Bongarts

6:12PM

27 mins

Ousmane Dembele playing in a central role for Dortmund today. He's struggling to get on the ball at the moment and when he does he runs into traffic. Monaco marshaling the attacks well after sitting back for the opening ten minutes.

6:11PM

25 mins

That was a fabulous run from Bernardo Silva to set up the goal for Monaco. The midfielder running the ball out from the edge of his own box to play in Thomas Lemar on the left.

Replays confirm Mbappe was definitely a yard offside. Big miss from the officials.

6:09PM

23 mins

Mbappe starting to cause all sorts of problems for the Dortmund defence with his pace down the left. Visitors win a corner but it's wasted.

Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, left, and Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos go for a header during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco Credit: Martin Meissner/AP

6:05PM

GOAL!

0-1! The opening goal goes the way of Monaco and it's Kylian Mbappe who scores it.

Lemar finds space down the left and puts the ball across the face of goal. Mbappe doesn't know too much about it. He looks a yard offside as it's bundled in off his knee.

Huge away goal for Monaco.

Borussia Dortmund 0 - 1 Monaco (Kylian Mbappe, 19 min) 6:05PM

19 mins

Game starting to open up following that penalty. Monaco have the numbers in an attack but can't find the right pass. A series of counters and then...

6:04PM

Fabinho's had a shocker

Fabinho drags his penalty wide

6:03PM

MISS

Woeful penalty. Fabinho drags it wide of the Burki's right-hand post. Looked off balance when he hit it.

6:01PM

PENALTY TO MONACO

Sokratis the culprit. Yellow card. Mbappe has the run on him. Sokratis with his arms on him but the forward goes down easy.

6:01PM

Time on ball (0 - 15 min)

Possession: Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco 6:01PM

16 mins

Schmelzer dangles a ball into the far post from the left. Aubameyang runs off the shoulder of the last man but can't quite reach it.

6:00PM

Borussia Dortmund enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far.

Borussia Dortmund have had 164 touches of the ball compared to 74 by Monaco.

Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco 5:57PM

13 mins 

Monaco threaten for the first time:

Following the earlier Borussia Dortmund effort, Monaco register their first attempt at goal. Toure whips the ball in from the right hand side and Thomas Lemar rises highest to meet it but can't keep his header down.

Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco shots on goal 5:57PM

11 mins

Monaco just figuring out Dortmund at the moment, who have Weigl deep and Guerreiro pushing further forward with Aubameyang.

Dembele goes in rashly after Dortmund lose the ball and Monaco can get up into the Dortmund half. Hosts continuing to dominate possession.

Piszcek slides in Aubamayeng with a beautifully weighted through ball. Auba has a first time shot from centre right but blazes high. Disappointed not to work the goalkeeper.

5:53PM

7 mins

Andrew Raggi goes direct in attempting to pick out the run of Falcao but the Colombian knows he's offside and lets it be.

Monaco content to allow Dortmund to pass the ball around their back four.

5:50PM

5 mins

Possession for Monaco and Mbappe drops his shoulder and is fouled by Weigl. Schmelzer defends well down his left flank and Dortmund break. Aubamayeng is nearly put in behind by Kagawa but Glik makes the covering interception.

5:49PM

3 mins

Dortmund beginning the game with possession in Monaco's half. Falcao tries too hard to win the ball for his time and is penalised. Hosts playing keep ball for now.

5:46PM

Kick off

Dortmund get the game under way

5:44PM

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel hits out at decision to play game a day after attack

"There are players who can easily deal with what's happened and others who worry more. Very mixed feelings.

"We wished we'd had more time to deal with what happened but someone in Switzerland decided we have to play. Not very fair."

5:43PM

"You'll never walk alone" rings around the stadium

Both sets of fans. In unison. That was rousing.

Fans hold a banner reading "Get well Marc" Credit: SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP

 Action coming up...

5:39PM

Fans show their support for Bartra

Dortmund fans display a shirt for Marc Bartra who was injured in the team coach attack prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco Credit: Maja Hitij/Bongarts

5:31PM

A little more on Monaco

For some prematch homework, I recommend this excellent piece on Monaco's evolution from JJ Bull

Here's JJ's tactical run down:

 

Monaco play like an expensive, sexy Leicester.

The team is very well balanced, has strength in wide areas and is solid in the middle with two powerful box-to-box central midfield players who take turns to attack. Behind them are two big, strong defenders and two quick full-backs, in a formation which changes from 4-4-2 in defence to 4-2-2-2 in attack.

The play is direct and focussed through the middle of the pitch. And if you want even more similarities, they have a skillful, creative left-footed, right-sided midfielder who likes to cut in from the wing (Bernando Silva), and a left-footed, left-midfielder (Thomas Lemar) who plays early crosses into the box. Read: Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton. Except better.

The workload is split throughout the team too. Benjamin Mendy is a left-back but has provided seven assists in all competitions. Silva has assisted five and scored nine from midfield, Lemar has scored 10 and assisted six and Falcao has scored 22 and assisted four - there is no one way to stifle their creativity.

5:26PM

Tonight's line ups:

dortmund
monaco

Matthias Ginter in for the absent Marc Bartra. Aubameyang is of course up top for Dortmund, which seems to be missing from that graphic.

Monaco full backs Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy miss out through injury.

5:21PM

Support continues to pour in after events of last night

Dortmund players are warming up with messages of support for Marc Bartra on their training tops:

Dortmund's players warm up with messages of support for defender Marc Bartra, who was taken to hospital following last night's attack Credit:  PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP

Fans spread the message outside the ground:

Dortmund fans spread messages of support outside the ground Credit: Rex Features/Action Press/REX/Shutterstock

5:15PM

Why is everyone talking about Kylian Mbappe?

Linked with a big money move away to Europe's top clubs, the 18-year-old striker from a Parisian suburb has inevitably drawn comparisons with former Monaco man Thierry Henry. Mbappe has already broken a couple of Henry's records, becoming Monaco's youngest-ever player and scorer.

So is this youngster the real deal? Here are the views of a few people who are better qualified to comment on that than me:

Bacary Sagna

"Mbappé is a very good player. Now he is being compared with Thierry Henry and he plays like him. He is young but if he continues to improve like this, he will play for the national team for sure."

Arsene Wenger

"He is not exactly Thierry Henry but it is true that he has similar qualities and the future and talent is similar. The potential is similar, after that if he has the same level of motivation, desire and intelligence that Thierry has, and the next two to three years will tell us that, then he can be very promising."

Raymond Domenech

"He has talent, it is undeniable. He has real potential and I bet he will be in Russia."

18-year-old Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe has drawn comparisons with Thierry Henry Credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP

You can read more in Rob Bagchi's piece here.

5:06PM

Police on watch as fans arrive at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund

We will continue to bring you updates of the security situation as and when they arise.

Police officers outside the stadium before the match Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
The Dortmund team bus arrives before the match Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

5:00PM

What can we expect from the football?

Goals, for starters. Dortmund can score from anywhere: 14 different players have found the net so far - a Champions League high. They also scored a record 21 goals during the group stages, including a frenzied 8-4 victory over Legia. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has seven to his name alone.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already rattled in 7 goals in this season's competition Credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP

Monaco ran in six against Manchester City in the last 16 and have the talents of Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappe going forward. More on the latter, later.

4:44PM

Monaco fans voice their support

After news of the explosion filtered through to fans at the Signal Iduna Park last night, Monaco fans chanted "Borussia, Borussia!" in solidarity with their hosts. There is a similar feeling of goodwill prior to kick off tonight:

 Opposing fans join together before the match:

4:38PM

Bartra on the mend

Spanish defender Marc Bartra was taken to hospital last night following the explosion. The 26-year-old underwent surgery on his hand and wrist immediately after breaking the radial bone in his right arm following the explosion.

Reinhard Raubull, the club's president, earlier said that the player "was recovering well", and would be watching tonight's game on television.

The player himself posted a thumbs-up message on Instagram this afternoon:

4:31PM

#bedforawayfans

Borussia Dortmund fans reacted to the blast by offering their homes to stranded Monaco fans, using the #bedforawayfans hashtag to spread the message. Travelling supporters have been quick to show their appreciation.

Monaco fans hold banners thanking Dortmund fans for their hospitality before the match Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/REUTERS

4:22PM

Heightened security for tonight's game

Police check the stadium prior the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund Credit:  Maja Hitij/ Bongarts

4:11PM

Good evening

A few updates on the explosion last night:

An Islamist suspect has been arrested over three explosions that rocked the Borussia Dortmund football team bus, prosecutors have revealed as they confirmed the investigation was examining a possible "terrorist link".

Investigators said that two alleged Islamic extremists are the focus of the attack probe and that one has been detained following searches of their apartments.

A letter found at the scene "in the name of Allah", which claims responsibility and reportedly referred to the Berlin Christmas market attack, makes an "Islamic extremist motive possible", they confirmed. 

"Two suspects from the Islamist spectrum have become the focus of our investigation, said lead prosecutor Frauke Koehle on Wednesday afternoon. "Both of their apartments were searched, and one of the two has been detained."

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