The players and fans of Italy and Belgium paused during the 39th minute of their friendly in Brussels on Friday evening to pay tribute to the memory of those who lost their lives at the Heysel Stadium disaster.

The teams marked the 30th anniversary year of the tragedy by halting their international fixture at the King Baudouin Stadium - formerly Heysel Stadium - in Brussels for a moment of reflection.

On May 29, 1985, 39 football fans - mostly Italians - perished at the European Cup final meeting between Juventus and Liverpool at the same venue.

On Thursday evening, the Italian national team, representatives of both the FIGC and Juventus, and relatives of the victims of the Heysel disaster, laid flowers at the memorial located at the stadium.

See images from the evening below.