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Peruvian footballer struck by lightning during match survives despite reports suggesting he had died

A linesman was also injured in the freak accident.

A YOUNG PERUVIAN footballer has had a miraculous escape after being struck by a bolt of lightning during a Copa Peru fixture.

Joao Contreras was playing for Sport Aguila when, just before half-time, storm clouds gathered overhead.

The 21-year-old was struck directly while a lineman was also injured, forcing the game to be abandoned.

Incredibly, both survived and are now in a stable condition in hospital with Contreras having sustained burns to his legs.

Initially, South American news organisations were reporting the player had died but the opposition, Fuerza Minera, tweeted: ”Thank God those affected are out of danger.”

“Our boys are good but they were terribly shaken,” the club added.

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The match, which was taking place in Huancayo, was evenly poised at 1-1 before the accident.

Earlier this year, a supporter was struck by lightning ahead of a MLS game between Columbus Crew and Dallas.

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