Russian goalkeeper hit by a flare

(AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) A European championship qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia was resumed following a 30-minute suspension after Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare thrown from the stands.

Akinfeev was struck on the head by the flare approximately 20 seconds after kickoff and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

He was taken to the local hospital in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, where he was seen on a stretcher and wearing a neck brace. UEFA doctor Slobo Mandic went with Akinfeev to the hospital and said the goalkeeper was conscious.


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