Bomb explodes inside Brazilian team's bus on way to match as footballer is rushed to hospital with multiple injuries

BRAZILIAN star Danilo Fernandes has been hospitalised after a bomb exploded on his team's bus on the way to a match.

Fernandes' side Bahia were on their way to the Fonte Nova Arena to take on Sampaio Correa in the Copa do Nordeste, when there was an explosion.

The goalkeeper bore the brunt of the damage, and had to be rushed to hospital after being caught by shrapnel.

There were no fatalities, although Fernandes, 33, was monitored overnight.

Bahia confirmed: "Danilo Fernandes is fine, but will spend the night in the hospital.

"The goalkeeper had multiple injuries to his face, neck and lower limbs, which had to be stitched up, and will be under observation for further examinations, and an ophthalmologist's evaluation, as there is a cut near the eye."

Fernandes' fellow stars Matheus Bahia and Marcelo Cirino also received minor injuries in the attack.

Bahia went on to confirm that a passing vehicle was also hit by the explosion.

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After talks Bahia decided to go through with the match – with boss Guto Ferreira saying: "The group, through its dignity and professionalism, will enter the field to honour the colours of Bahia."

They went on to win 2-0 thanks to goals by Daniel and ex-Wigan and Fulham ace Hugo Rodallega.

At the final whistle, Bahia wrote on social media: "They decided to take the field and honour the shirt."

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