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Parma Goalkeeper Hit by Flare

May 5, 2005

MOSCOW (AP) _ Parma goalkeeper Luca Bucci was hit in the head and injured by a flare Thursday during his team’s 3-0 loss to CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Cup semifinals.

Bucci was hit when celebrating fans threw the object shortly after CSKA took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of the match. Bucci was replaced by Sebastien Frey nine minutes later.

CSKA scored twice more and advanced to its first European final, which will be played May 18 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Last month, a Champions League quarterfinal match between city rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan was stopped early because Milan goalkeeper Dida was injured when a flare thrown from the crowd hit him on the shoulder.

Milan was leading 1-0 when the referee stopped the match, but the team was later awarded a 3-0 forfeit win.

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