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7 days ago

A soccer match last month that sparked euphoria in Bergamo has taken on a much darker relevance in the epicentre of Italy's deadliest COVID-19 outbreak.

The February 19 Champions League contest reportedly drew over 40,000 residents of Bergamo to nearby Milan to see their hometown team, Atalanta, take on Spain's Valencia. Atalanta's 4-1 first-leg victory, in the upstart side's inaugural trip to the knockout rounds of the world's most prestigious club competition, had those closely packed residents and thousands more back home hugging in raucous celebration.