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Brondby fan receives life-saving diagnosis after being hit by stray shot

A Brondby fan who was hit in the face by a stray shot during a prematch warm-up subsequently received a medical diagnosis that may well have ended up saving his life.

David Nielsen was hit by a wayward effort from Brondby striker Kamil Wilczek before a game against Copenhagen in August.

He was taken to hospital and checked for concussion by medical staff but the X-rays ended up finding something altogether more serious. Indeed, the scans showed that Nielsen had a brain tumour that had gone completely...

 By PA Sport

West Ham held to draw in Romania as Sassuolo win in Europa League playoff

Mark Noble converted a penalty as West Ham managed a draw.
Mark Noble coverted a penalty but West Ham settled for a draw in Romania.

West Ham suffered more jitters against Astra Giurgiu as they were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League playoff on Thursday.

The Hammers, bidding to reach the group stages for the first time, looked set to take a 1-0 lead back to the London Stadium next week thanks to Mark Noble's penalty on the stroke of half-time.

However, Romanian champions Astra, who beat Slaven Bilic's side in last season's qualifiers, stunned the visitors again when sub Denis Alibec hit a late equaliser.


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Europa: West Ham win but Aberdeen, Hertha Berlin and Lille crash out

Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie scores a ridiculous own goal after his keeper fails to handle the back pass.
A Cheikhou Kouyate helped West Ham advance to the Europa League playoff round.
A Cheikhou Kouyate helped West Ham advance to the Europa League playoff round.

West Ham avoided a false start at the London Stadium with a 3-0 Europa League qualifying win over Slovenian minnows NK Domzale on Thursday.

Cheikhou Kouyate scored twice and new signing Sofiane Feghouli opened his account as the Hammers, who left Upton Park at the end of last season, secured a 4-2 aggregate win to reach the final playoff round before the group stage.

The venue formerly known as the Olympic Stadium welcomed its new tenants and West Ham could scarcely have wished for more obliging...

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West Ham lose Europa League opener in Slovenia; Hertha Berlin win

Andy Carroll and West Ham could not avoid defeat to Domzale in Slovenia on Thursday.

West Ham endured a chastening 2-1 defeat to minnows NK Domzale in the first leg of their Europa League third-round qualifier in Slovania on Thursday.

Even with England striker Andy Carroll at the spearhead of a strong lineup, the Premier League side came off second-best against a club making their first appearance in Europe.

Havard Nordtveit handled the ball 11 minutes into his Hammers debut and Matic Crnic scored the resulting penalty to put the hosts ahead.

West Ham were level seven minutes later...

Former Liverpool star Daniel Agger admits overuse of anti-inflammatories

Injuries always exacted a toll on Daniel Agger at Anfield, but his loyalty to Liverpool never wavered.
Daniel Agger has now retired from the game.

Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has opened up about his overuse of pain-killing medication during his career.

Agger, 31, who joined Liverpool in 2006 from Brondby before returning to his boyhood club eight years later, retired from football last month.

When the Danish centre-back departed Anfield in the summer of 2014, he said that his body was "feeling the effects of playing regularly in a league that is as physically demanding as the Premier League" and rejected a number of advances from...