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Watch Belgium, Italy observe a minute's applause for the memory of the 39 fans who died during the Heysel tragedy of 1985.

By The SI Staff
November 13, 2015

Belgium and Italy played a high-profile friendly Friday at King Baudouin Stadium, the site of one of Italian soccer's darkest days, and they made sure that fact wasn't lost.

The stadium formerly Heysel Stadium in an older incarnation, is where 39 fans, mostly Italian, lost their lives 30 years ago during a Juventus-Liverpool European Cup final.

To remember the 39 lives lost in the tragedy, the two national teams did something quite unusual: They paused at the 40th minute (with the clock reading 39:00 and on), and all in the stadium observed a minute's applause. The names of the departed were displayed on the stadium video boards as play stood still for all in the stadium to reflect.

Watch the gripping scenes below:

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