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Valerenga IF and Liverpool paid their tribute to the victims of the 22 July tragedy in Norway during their friendly encounter on Monday.

The game in Oslo was preceded by a stirring rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone, the famous anthem normally used at Liverpool’s home ground Anfield. The lyrics of this song have rarely sounded so poignant following the death of 77 people in Norway caused by a bomb explosion in Oslo and an assault of a gunman on the isle of Utøya.

Players of both Vålerenga IF and Liverpool made their way onto the pitch wearing black armbands and red cards of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign. The red card symbolized the players’ reaction to the suspect of the killings, as he has declared he acted against the increasing influx of Muslim immigrants in Norway 

After a minute's silence, every Liverpool player carried a solitary rose to the Vålerenga IF end - a touching show of unity from a football club all too familiar with tragedies.

The 25,000 spectators in the sold out Ullevaal stadium witnessed an entertaining game, which was also broadcasted live on Norwegian television. The game ended in a 3-3 draw.

 

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