Bartra's shirt was held aloft by his team-mates after Dortmund's 3-1 win over Frankfurt. - © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Bartra's shirt was held aloft by his team-mates after Dortmund's 3-1 win over Frankfurt. - © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund pay Marc Bartra tribute after Eintracht Frankfurt win

The final, lasting image of Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday was of the entire team lined up in front of the vertiginous Südtribüne, a shirt with the name 'Bartra' on the back raised aloft.

Marc Bartra was not at the stadium, but he was sorely missed. Four days after an explosion close to the Dortmund team bus which saw the Spaniard require emergency surgery for a wrist injury, Bartra's presence was nevertheless felt, despite his absence.

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"This gesture shows how important the things off the field are to us at this moment, and that Marc gets better soon and that we are all still here," said Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer.

Bartra was discharged from hospital on Friday and he was therefore able to follow proceedings from the comfort of his own home on television. He witness and emotion-packed game in which Dortmund tried to get last week's incident out of their minds for another 90 minutes. "We swore before kick-off that we would put it all to one side while we were out on the field, and that we'd give 100 percent," said goalscorer Sokratis Papastathopoulos – one of BVB's stand-out players on Saturday.

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Tuchel tried to cut the tension with a joke about the Greek defender's otherwise hit-and-miss shooting ability, saying that "anything could have happened" as he lined up his effort "it could have ended up in row Z or even in the back of the net!" Fortunately for him and Dortmund, it was the latter.

They will now try to get their full focus back on football with time healing the wounds of last week's shock, even if it has been in short supply with two games in the intervening four days. "Up until kick-off, I couldn't even think of football," admitted Schmelzer, who added that he was just happy that they still have the opportunity to play football and go on with life. "The 90 minutes were then a nice distraction," he continued. "But then everything came out which we had been keeping inside us."

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