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    Amid Grief, Manchester Gets to Cheer Soccer Triumph
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    Manchester United fans put up a flag in memory of the victims of Monday's Manchester concert attack during the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Sports may be trivial compared to the loss of 22 lives outside a concert Monday, but a triumph on the field for one of Manchester's most beloved sports teams gave the mourning city an emotional release, NBC News reported.

    Manchester United beat Dutch soccer giants Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm Wednesday night, winning Europe's second most prestigious trophy.

    "We won for Manchester, we worked for them, for the country," midfield star Paul Pogba said after the game. "We play for England, for Manchester and the people who died."

    At a pub in the city's home, chants of "Manchester, Manchester, Manchester" rang out for the team and the wounded city.

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    On Wednesday, people paid their respects to the victims of Monday's Manchester Arena bombing, laying flowers and pausing for a moment of reflection at a site where tributes are being gathered in the city center. 

     

    (Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017)