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Diego Maradona's Daughter Brought To Tears By Boca Juniors' Tribute To Her Father

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Diego Maradona's Daughter Brought To Tears By Boca Juniors' Tribute To Her Father

Boca Juniors paid a fitting and emotional tribute to Diego Maradona on Sunday evening, with his daughter Dalma sat in the box they used to share together.

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Maradona passed away last week, leaving Argentina in a national state of mourning for three days, with many in football paying tribute to the World Cup winner.

On Sunday two of Maradona's two former sides faced each other in the Copa Diego Armando Maradona, as Boca hosted Newell's Old Boys in Group D.

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Both sides wore the legendary player's name on the back of their shirts and joined in a minute's applause for the deceased before kick off.

When the game did get underway Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona opened the scoring after 12 minutes and the Boca players celebrated by laying a Maradona shirt in front of the box he watched the club from and applauded, with his daughter Dalma, watching from the box, in tears at the emotional tribute.

Cardona doubled the lead in the 20th minute and Boca went on to win the game 2-0, as they stayed top of their group in the cup, with Newell's stuck at the bottom.

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At the full time whistle, with 'Live is Life' playing on the stadium speakers, the players again applauded Dalma sat in the box.

A visibly emotional Dalma pointed to her heart and said 'gracias' as the players paid their respects.

'El Diego' played for Boca in two spells, first in 1981, scoring 28 goals in 40 games and winning the league with the club, and again at the end of his career between 1995 and 1998.

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Dalma in the box at La Bombonera on Sunday. Image: PA
Dalma in the box at La Bombonera on Sunday. Image: PA
The players pay tribute to Maradona ahead of kick off. Image: PA Images
The players pay tribute to Maradona ahead of kick off. Image: PA Images
Fans mourn the death of their icon and hero on the streets of Buenos Aires. Image: PA
Fans mourn the death of their icon and hero on the streets of Buenos Aires. Image: PA
A Boca fan and a River Plate fan embrace as they mourn Maradona's death. Image: PA
A Boca fan and a River Plate fan embrace as they mourn Maradona's death. Image: PA
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Lionel Messi also paid tribute to his fellow countryman on Sunday. The six time Ballon d'Or winner scored a goal for Barcelona,similar to one the former Napoli player scored, before revealing a Newell's number 10 shirt underneath his Barca kit.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Football News, South American football, Diego Maradona, Argentina, Boca Juniors

Ryan Sidle
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