Less than 24 hours after a bomb attack on their team bus, Borussia Dortmund took to the field Wednesday in a poignant Champions League quarterfinal encounter with Monaco.
German media had questioned rearranging the match so quickly after three explosives had shattered windows and injured Dortmund defender Marc Bartra en route to the Westfalenstadion for a tie which was originally to be played Tuesday.
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. He was the only player to receive serious injuries in the attack. I do not wish this on anyone.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel angrily accused European football federation UEFA of treating the bomb attack as if a "beer can" had been thrown and claimed they were informed by text message that they would have to play the game a day later. "I don't know where we're heading".
"I think, internally, we have improved our level of security and protection".
Despite the unusual circumstances the match went ahead under tightened security, with the motives and the identity of the attackers still unknown.
German investigators said Thursday they have found no evidence so far that an Iraqi detained after the Borussia Dortmund bus attack was involved in the bombing, but he is suspected of membership in the Islamic State group.
German police are investigating who is behind a plot to blow up the Dortmund team as they headed to their Champions League game against Monaco earlier this week.
After the operation, Bartra posted a photo of himself online making a thumbs-up gesture with his left hand. "Who doesn't live this can't understand how big it was for us".