Iraqi goalkeeper plays after baby’s death, breaks down after match

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Iraqi goalkeeper Alaa Ahmed brings a heartbreaking story to this site.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper from Naft Maysan in the Iraqi Premier League may’ve otherwise failed to reach out attention were it not for the awful death of his newborn baby.

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Ahmed’s baby died Thursday, but he reportedly did not tell his coach nor teammates, instead sliding between the sticks for a draw with Al-Shorta.

According to the BBC, “At the final whistle, he could not control his emotions, bursting into tears and being consoled by his team-mates.”

The way we process grief is an amazing thing. On one hand, it’s difficult to imagine being able to think of anything else, but on the other is the only type of distraction that may keep your mind off such a tragedy.