Montenegro-Russia qualifier abandoned

(AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) The European championship qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia was abandoned Friday after Russia's goalkeeper was hit by a flare and a 30-minute suspension of the game was followed by a brawl between players.

The Group G game was called off with the score at 0-0 after Dmitry Kombarov became the second Russian player to be struck by an object. Earlier, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hospitalized and the match suspended when a flare struck him on the head.

Russia's Roman Shirokov saw a penalty saved by Vukasin Poleksic in the 66th minute and Kombarov was hit shortly afterwards, prompting a mass brawl between both teams' players and staff. Pyrotechnics were used by fans and there were also clashes in the stands.


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