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Euro 2024 qualifier between Belgium, Sweden abandoned after shootings

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The Euro 2024 qualifying match between Belgium and Sweden had to be canceled on Monday due to a tragic incident. Before the game began, a shooter fatally wounded two fans. The match was taking place approximately five kilometers away from the shooting incident in Brussels, and there were more than 35,000 fans in attendance.

As the suspect remained at large and reportedly posed a threat to Swedish fans, Belgian authorities decided to keep the spectators inside the stadium for nearly three hours. The evacuation process began around midnight local time.

After the game was stopped, fans inside the King Baudouin Stadium chanted, “All together, all together,” while thousands of supporters from both sides also voiced their support for Sweden by shouting, “Sweden, Sweden!”

Manu Leroy, the CEO of the Belgian soccer union, explained, “The decision to initially proceed with the match was made because the stadium was considered the safest place for everyone at that time, ensuring the fans’ safety.”

Eric Van Duyse, the spokesperson for the federal prosecutor’s office, informed reporters that the investigation was focusing on the possibility of a terrorist motive behind the shooting.

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Serie A: Osimhen on target in Napoli’s draw at Cagliari

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Victor Osimhen found the net for the second game in a row as Napoli settled for a 1-1 draw against Cagliari.

Osimhen put Napoli ahead in the 65th minute when Giancomo Raspadori intercepted Tommaso Augello’s pass and delivered a cross to the back post for Osimhen to head home.

This marked the Nigeria international’s eighth goal of the season in the league.

Despite numerous opportunities, Napoli failed to extend their lead, and Zito Luvumbo leveled the score for the home team in added time.

With 37 points from 25 matches, Napoli climbed to ninth place in the standings.

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UCL: Calzona warns Osimhen, others on player selection

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Napoli coach Francesco Calzona has issued a stern warning to Victor Osimhen and his fellow players, emphasizing that he will base his selection for matches solely on performance, without considering their names or reputations.

Taking over from Walter Mazzarri on Monday, Calzona made significant substitutions during Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night, including star forwards Osimhen and Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Despite the Serie A champions securing a draw in the first leg of the Round of 16 contest at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Osimhen was replaced immediately after scoring the equalizer in the 75th minute.

“I keep the players on the field who are performing well, I don’t take into account their names,” Calzona emphasized to Sky Sports Italia after the match.

Calzona further explained that he had not been tempted to keep Osimhen on the field longer after his goal. “No, in fact, I had been prepared to substitute him earlier, but due to tactical considerations, I kept him on for a few more minutes.”

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Ex-Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel confirms exit from Bayern Munich

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Thomas Tuchel has verified his exit from Bayern Munich. The club had previously announced that the German coach would depart at the conclusion of the ongoing season. The decision to part ways was mutual between the club and Tuchel. Confirming the conclusion of his tenure with Bayern, Tuchel informed reporters on Tuesday, “We have agreed to terminate our partnership after the conclusion of this season. Until then, my coaching staff and I will continue to strive for maximum success for FC Bayern.”

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