BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- A second-division Argentine soccer player has been killed by a gunshot to the chest by unknown assailants who apparently entered his home in a robbery attempt.

His club Nueva Chicago on Friday named the victim as 26-year-old defender Rodrigo Espindola. Police said a security camera caught images of Espindola arriving on Thursday night with his family in a car at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Club vice president Daniel Ferreiro called it a ''sad day,'' and the Argentine Football Association expressed ''its sadness'' over the death.

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Espinolda played in the Argentine first division for Racing Club and has played three seasons with Nueva Chicago, which is in a Buenos Aires neighborhood called ''Mataderos,'' Slaughterhouses in English.