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Facebook celebrates European soccer championship with 'secret' game

Celena Chong, special to

Facebook Messenger launched a hidden soccer game to commemorate the UEFA European soccer championship on Wednesday.

Players enter a soccer emoji into the Messenger field and then if your partner taps it, a mini-game ensues. Players tap the ball to keep it in the air, and then bounce it as many times as possible with their chat mate to rack up high scores.

The social networking giant previously scored big with its basketball game, which was played more than 1 billion times during the March Madness college basketball championships. Last year, users were able to type in @FBChess and put their strategy skills to the test.

Facebook also added a slew of new emojis with this release.