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Player dies during game

Cristian Gomez, a player with Argentine club Atletico Parana, on Sunday died after collapsing during a second-division match. The Argentine Football Association match supervisor for the game, Ramon Gomez, said the 27-year-old defender collapsed on the field in the first half of the match against CA Boca Unidos. The official said the player was taken to General San Martin hospital in the city of Corrientes, where doctors were unable to revive him. The cause of death was not immediately known. Boca Unidos president Alfredo Schweitzer confirmed the death, but offered no details. “We are awaiting the medical report,” he said. Boca Unidos player Jose Vizcarra said Gomez seemed to die almost instantly. “When they took him off the field, it seemed he had already died,” Vizcarra said. The defender is the second player to die in just under two weeks in Argentina. Emanuel Ortega, a player for fourth-division team San Martin de Burzaco, died after hitting his head on a post used to support fencing at the stadium.


Darmstadt win promotion

SV Darmstadt 98 are set to join German second-division champions Ingolstadt 04 in the Bundesliga next season after beating St Pauli 1-0 on the last day of the season on Sunday. Tobias Kempe scored in the 78th minute for Darmstadt, who were promoted from the third division last season, to finish second with 59 points — one ahead of Karlsruher SC, who defeated TSV 1860 Munich 2-0. Karlsruher SC now face Hamburg SV in a two-legged playoff to determine which side plays topflight football next season. Darmstadt previously played two seasons in the Bundesliga, in 1978-1979 and 1981-1982, but the club dropped to fourth-tier level by 1998. Darmstadt also flirted with bankruptcy in 2008 before insolvency proceedings were withdrawn the following year. They are the third club to achieve promotion to the top division after being promoted from the third tier the season before. “It’s awesome, incredible, hard to find words,” Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster said.


Schalke 04 sack Di Matteo

Schalke 04 have parted company with coach Roberto di Matteo after just two wins in their last ten games, according to a report on Sunday in Sport Bild magazine. Di Matteo has been in charge since October last year after his predecessor, Jens Keller, was sacked, but Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to strugglers Hamburg SV looks to have been the last straw for Schalke’s board. The 44-year-old, who coached Chelsea to the 2012 UEFA Champions League title, had steered die Konigsblauen up from 11th when he took charge to third in the table in February. However, a poor run of results saw them surrender a direct spot in the Champions League and their latest defeat left them sixth in the table and in the UEFA Europa League next season.


Stevens to leave Stuttgart

Coach Huub Stevens is to leave VfB Stuttgart despite rescuing the side from relegation for the second consecutive season with a 2-1 win over SC Paderborn 07 in the final round of fixtures on Saturday, the club said yesterday. The 61-year-old Dutchman, who took over the struggling side in November last year, completed a similar feat last season after taking charge in March last year and staving off relegation. “Huub Stevens is the coach of the century for a different club, but for us, he is the rescuer of the century,” director of sport Robin Dutt said.

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