The aftermath of the April 11th bomb attack continues to haunt Borussia Dortmund. After suffering a devastating loss on the field to Monaco the day after the attack, BVB regrouped for Saturday’s match with Eintracht, Frankfurt. A rematch with Monaco loomed for a berth in the Champion’s League semi-final. A reminder of the April 11th bombing resurfaced on April 19th, the day of the rematch with Monaco when for unknown reasons, the police detained the team bus leaving players and coaches worried that another attack was imminent.
The rematch with Monaco on April 19th did not start well for BVB, as Monaco scored 3 minutes into the game. There is speculation that the bus incident prior to the game impacted BVB’s slow start. Despite dominating the time of possession by a 69-31 % margin, BBB trailed 2-0 at intermission. Marco Reus scored for BVB early in the 2nd half; however Borussia Dortmund could not score the tying goal. Monaco clinched the victory with a goal in the 81st minute ending Borussia Dortmund’s Champion’s League title pursuit.
After the game, Coach Tuchel stated that BVB made too many mistakes which led to the Monaco victory. He also said that his team’s morale was affected when the team bus was stopped from leaving their hotel, calling it “the worst thing that could happen”.
Following the Champions League loss to Monaco, BVB traveled to Borussia Monchengaldbach on Saturday, April 2nd for a Bundesliga match. Raphael Guerreiro headed home a Gonzalo Castro free-kick with 3 minutes remaining in regulation time to give BVB a 3-2 victory. The win, coupled with Hoffenheim’s 1-1 draw with FC Koln earlier in the day, vaulted BVB into 3rd place, the final Champions League qualification spot.
Marco Reus gave BVB the lead on a penalty kick 10 minutes into the contest, but sloppy play allowed Monchengaldbach to take a 2-1 lead. An errant BVB pass allowed Gladbach to tie the score just before intermission and an own goal early in the second stanza gave them the lead. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang knotted the game in the 59th minute, setting the stage for Guerreiro’s game winner.
Marc Barta, the injured BVB player, did travel to Monaco to watch the team play; however, he is still expected to be out for another month. His presence at the match was emotional, but could not lift BVB to a victory.
After returning to active status, Marco Ruis scored in his 3rd consecutive game and although Aubameyang’s goal was his 27th of the season, he did not start in the match. Additionally, BVB was without the services of Sokratis, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze and Sebastian Rode who were unavailable due to injury.
A recent press release from German officials stated that the April 11th bombing of the BVB bus was probably not a terrorist attack. The 28- year old German-Russian citizen who was arrested had taken out a substantial loan to bet against Borussia Dortmund’s shares in an attempt to profit millions. The police believed that the suspect acted alone and consequently tried to disguise the bombing as a terrorist attack. Among the charges levied against the suspect were attempted murder, causing serious bodily harm and an explosion.
BVB plays Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the DFB Cup semi-final and returns to Bundesliga action next Saturday when they host FC Koln.
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