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St. Petersburg to host Russia’s 2016 UEFA Euro Cup qualifier against Montenegro

June 16, 2015, 15:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Qualifying Group G match between the Russian and Montenegrin squads at the Petrovsky Stadium in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg is scheduled on October 12
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MOSCOW, June 16. /TASS/. The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup qualifier between the national teams of Russia and Montenegro will take place this fall at the Petrovsky Stadium in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg, the Russian Football Union (RFU) announced on Tuesday.

The Qualifying Group G match between the Russian and Montenegrin squads at the 21,400 seat capacity stadium on October 12 has been scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. local time (16:00 GMT).

The Russian capital of Moscow hosted Group G qualifier between Russia and Austria on Sunday, when hosts lost 0-1 to their opponents.

Sunday’s qualifier defeat in Moscow placed in extreme jeopardy Russia’s chances of travelling to France in 2016 for the Euro Cup. The Russian national team is now ranked 3rd in its qualifying Group G with 8 points below 2nd ranked Sweden (12 points), while the Austrian team increased its lead over the rest of the five national teams in the group to 16 points.

Before Sunday’s 0-1 qualifier defeat to Austria, the Russian national team started with 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein in September, had two 1-1 draws in October against Sweden and Moldova, lost to the Austrian side 0-1 in November, and received 3-0 technical victory in the forfeited qualifying match against Montenegro on March 27.

Russia’s previous qualifier against Montenegro in Podgorica on March 27 was marred by misconduct of the local football fans, who injured Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev.

The Russian goalkeeper sustained severe injuries, particularly concussion and burns to the neck, after Montenegrin fan Luka Lazarevic hurled a flare at Akinfeyev and struck him with it. The national team’s player was carried away on stretchers and the referee had to take both teams off the pitch for about 30 minutes.

Akinfeyev was taken to a hospital in Podgorica and after a while the referee ruled that the match should resume.

The incident involving the Russian goalkeeper and the Montenegrin football fan occurred only seconds after the kick-off. The resumed match, however, was eventually terminated in the 68th minute with no goals scored by either side after an object was cast from the spectators’ stands at Russian defender Dmitry Kombarov.

On April 8, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body handed the 0-3 technical defeat to the national football team of Montenegro for the incident in the qualifier against Russia, ordered the Montenegrin team to play next two home matches in front of the empty stadiums and imposed a financial fine on the team.

Russia’s head coach Fabio Capello said commenting on the match that the game should have been halted instantly after the first major incident that followed seconds after kickoff.

He explained that was precisely the kind of decision he and all players had been waiting for. Play should have been discontinued at once, he added.

In late April, Lazarevic, a resident of Podgorica, was sent to prison for three and a half months upon a court’s ruling, which also ordered him to pay a fine of 750 euros ($818).

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