Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco postponed after explosions hit team bus - as it happened

Rhod Cannon

Borussia Dortmund P-P Monaco, Juventus 2-0 Barcelona

  • Borussia Dortmund's clash with Monaco has been postponed until Wednesday night.
  • An explosion hit Borussia Dortmund's team bus just over an hour before their clash with Monaco was due to take place.
  • Marc Bartra was hurt in the incident and was taken to hospital. He suffered minor injuries and is in a state of shock.
  • The game will now take place at 5:45pm on Wednesday 12 April.
Borussia Dortmund bus

Full-time: Juventus 3-0 Barcelona

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Luis Enrique's men have to do it all once again. A brace from the irresistible Paulo Dybala and a header from Giorgio Chiellini have given Juve a healthy three-goal cushion going into the second leg. Barcelona were abject and barely mustered a shot in anger.

They may have defied the odds in the first round, but the Blaugrana will really have to pull a rabbit out of the hat if they are to progress to the semi-finals.

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Monaco have extended their full support to Dortmund in light of recent events.

Police praise supporters for leaving the stadium in an orderly manner.

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An update from IBTimes columnist Oier Fano Dadebat about Bartra's condition: "Marc Bartra is already on his way home. Good news."

An earlier statement from Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Wtzke read: "Bartra was injured, on his hand and his arm, but nothing that would be life-threatening.

"The team is obviously in complete shock. Our task is to process this experience, because the match is taking place in less than 24 hours. That's our job."

GOAL! Juventus 3-0 Barcelona (Chiellini)

Barcelona may need another miracle in the second leg at this rate. Chiellini heads past a hapless Ter Stegen from a corner.

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki has discussed what happened inside the bus when the explosions occurred.

"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, they were safe. We're all shocked - nobody thought of a football match in the minute."

Thomas Tuchel

Some more images from the scene of the incident. Police and firefighters are still occupying the area.

Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund

Second half has just started at the Juventus Stadium. Juve currently leading 2-0 thanks to a wondrous brace from Paulo Dybala. Barcelona have brought on Andre Gomes in place of Javier Mascherano at half-time.

A Borussia Dortmund official says it is 'a miracle' that only one person - Marc Bartra -suffered any injuries from the explosions.

Residents of Dortmund are offering their homes to Monaco supporters needing accommodation. People are using the hashtag #bedforawayfans to raise awareness, while both clubs have publicised the strategy.

A statement from local police read: "In the run-up to the Champions League match of BVB against AS Monaco, there was an explosion near the BVB team teambus shortly after 7pm. The location of the event is Wittbräuckerstraße/Schirrmannweg in Dortmund-Höchsten.

"According to current knowledge the windows of the bus (whole or partial) were shattered and one person was injured. It is not yet possible to say exactly what the explosion was or exactly where something exploded."

Borussia Dortmund bus

Half-time: Juventus 2-0 Barcelona

Dortmund are doing their utmost to house Monaco's travelling support ahead of tomorrow's clash.

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says Bartra is in hospital with cuts to his hand and arm but confirmed that the injuries are not life threatening.

Monaco's players are being put through a training session of sorts ahead of Wednesday's clash.

Barcelona have the ball in the net through Messi but Suarez is adjudged offside in the build-up. A warning for Juve, who gave possession away very cheaply then.

Barcelona look aimless right now. Their passing is no way near as crisp as it can be, and Juve, apart from a wondrous through ball from Messi for Iniesta, have not been troubled at all.

Alves picks up a yellow card for a late and aggressive challenge on Iniesta.

Sandro raids down the left hand side and cuts the ball back for Dybala, who finds himself in acres of space. Like the first goal, 'La Joya' finds shifts his body weight excellently and fires a superb effort past Ter Stegen.

It could so easily have been 1-1 just seconds earlier, but now Juventus are very much in the driving seat.

GOAL! Juventus 2-0 Barcelona (Dybala)

Buffon produces a magnificent save from Iniesta!

Messi threads through an inch-perfect pass for the World Cup winner, who hits his effort first-time but is thwarted incredibly by the wily Italian. Still 1-0, somehow.

Ominous for Barcelona.

Juventus have stepped off Barcelona but are still finding some joy down the left flank. Dybala wins a cheap foul out of Neymar but Barca clear the free-kick with ease.

Barcelona apply a bit of pressure and win a free-kick in a dangerous area after Chiellini trips Messi. Better from Enrique's men.

The resulting free-kick from Messi was rather poor though. Goal kick, no trouble for Buffon.

Cuadrado raids into the penalty are unchallenged and finds Dybala, who turns beautifully and produces a lovely finish that bends past the hand of Ter Stegen and nestles into the back of the net. Just the start Juventus wanted.

GOAL! Juventus 1-0 Barcelona (Dybala)

Higuain should score! The Argentine rises unchallenged but can only direct his header straight at Ter Stegen. Huge chance for Juventus already.

Alves wins a foul after being tripped by Rakitic. No love shown by the Croatian towards his former teammate there.

Neymar gets us under way at the Juventus Stadium.

With the situation in Germany being addressed and dealt with, we now turn our attention to Turin.

Juventus and Barcelona are in the tunnel, ready to emerge. Dani Alves is currently embracing each of his former teammates.

Dortmund pay tribute to the travelling Monaco fans.

Police confirm that there were three explosions near the Borussia Dortmund bus. The quarter-final tie is now scheduled for 5:45pm on Wednesday.

Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco has now been postponed until Wednesday night.

Away from the situation unfolding in Germany, Juventus and Barcelona are being put through their paces ahead of their impending clash.

Marca are reporting that explosion may have been a firecracker that shattered the window of the bus. Bartra is physically fine but in a state of shock.

The club are now working closely with police in order to clarify the situation.

Dortmund will decide whether to postpone the clash in 15 minutes.

Dortmund now calling for calm and say they will provide an update when possible.

There has been a bomb explosion on the team bus at the team hotel. Player in security. No danger in and around the stadium. More information to follow.

The explosion is believed to have happened in Hochsten, six miles away from the Westfalenstadion.

Reports in Germany say Marc Bartra has been injured in the incident and is being rushed to hospital, but that is not confirmed.

German police: There has been an explosion in Dortmund. Police are strong on the ground but the situation is still unclear.

Dortmund have confirmed that there has been an 'incident' involving their team bus. One person has been injured. More information as we get it.

TEAM NEWS

Juventus substitutes: Neto, Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Benatia, Asamoah, Marchisio, Lemina, Rincon.

Worrying news from the Dortmund camp.

A very attacking Juventus line-up from the outset. Mario Mandzukic is fit to start and will complement Argentine hitmen Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.

Chelsea flop Juan Cuadrado is also given the nod and will look to cause havoc with his skillful dribbling and seering pace. Barcelona legend Dani Alves starts against his old club, while Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini will be the ones tasked with keeping out MSN.

TEAM NEWS

Juventus: Buffon, Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Pjanic, Khedira, Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Dybala, Higuaín.

TEAM NEWS

Barcelona substitutes: Cillessen, Denis, Alcácer, Alba, Digne, A.Gomes, Aleñá.

Jeremy Mathieu is preferred over Jordi Alba, while Javier Mascherano will deputise in central midfield in the absence of the suspended Sergio Busquets.

The terrifying triumvirate of Messi, Suarez and Neymar are all given the nod to start, unsurprisingly, while the majestic Andres Iniesta is preferred to Andre Gomes.

TEAM NEWS

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Mathieu; Rakitic, Mascherano, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar.

TEAM NEWS

Borussia Dortmund have not excelled in the Bundesliga this season, but they have been in fine fettle in Europe. They swept Benfica aside in the last 16 to set up a clash with free-scoring Monaco, and Thomas Tuchel has been very complimentary of Leonardo Jardim's side.

"Monaco play at a very high tempo and, in addition to individual talent, they have a very strong team ethic," said Tuchel.

"I think it's safe to say we won't have two 0-0 draws; both teams are too interested in scoring and pushing themselves to the limit."

Tuchel has a number of injury problems ahead of the clash with the principality outfit, with Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Lukasz Piszczek all doubtful. Tuchel says some of his injured contingent will feature, but hinted that some won't be fully fit.

"There will be players coming back, we don't know in what condition they will be in, but we need them with strength, form and energy."

Thomas Tuchel

Juventus manager Max Allegri does not have the greatest record against Barcelona.

He has lost eight of his nine meetings with the Catalan outfit and knows his side need to be at their very best in order to improve that record tonight and next week.

"Nothing is impossible," Allegri said. "We have to play a perfect game on a technical level.

"We have to play, believing we can go through. We'll need to be at our best both when attacking and defending."

Massimiliano Allegri

Neymar is set to miss El Clasico at Real Madrid on 23 April after being handed a retrospective three-game ban following his dismissal during Barcelona's 2-0 defeat to Malaga on Saturday (8 April). The Catalans are expected to appeal the decision of but the news is a new blow for Luis Enrique' side in their hopes of regaining La Liga title.

The 25-year-old star was sent off in the 65th minute at La Rosaleda stadium after receiving a second yellow card following a late challenge on Diego Llorente, being thus automatically ruled out for the coming clash with Real Sociedad on Saturday (15 April).

However, it later emerged that Neymar faced an extended suspension after referee Jesus Gil Manzano noted in his report that the Barcelona ace applauded the fourth official as he made his way off the pitch.

A huge blow for the Blaugrana, but he is available for tonight's clash against Juventus.

Neymar

Good evening and welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of the Champions League quarter-final clashes between Juventus vs Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco.

The reigning Italian and Spanish league champions are set to pit their wits against each other at the Juventus stadium, where Max Allegri's men are rather strong. They have not lost at home in Europe for four years, but are up against a side who broke their hearts in the final of Europe's premier club competition two years ago.

At the Westfalenstadion, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco will duke it out in a match that promises to be full of attacking flair and style. Defending will very much take a backseat in Germany, but the neutrals won't care a jot.

Stay right here for the latest team news, updates and reaction to all the latest happenings this evening has to offer.

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