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Much-anticipated Russia-Turkey football friendly ends with scoreless draw

September 01, 8:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The hosting team burned the net of the Russian goal in the 70th minute of the match, but the goal was annulled
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MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. A highly anticipated friendly football match between the Russian and Turkish national football teams saw a scoreless first half of the match on Wednesday night in Antalya, and despite numerous attacks in the following half the game ended with 0-0 draught.

The hosting team burned the net of the Russian goal in the 70th minute of the match, but the goal was annulled by referees as it was scored from the off-side.

The Turkish football squad continued assaulting the goal of the guests in the second half of the game having attacked the Russian side on numerous occasions but failing to resistance of goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev.

According to the organizers, a crowd of 30,000 or more spectators attended the match at the stadium in Turkey’s resort city of Antalya.

The Antalya Arena boasts a seating capacity of over 32,400, so among the fans in the stands, some 2,000 Russians, including those permanently residing in Antalya, were seated to see the game.

The Turkish Football Federation (TTF) announced earlier that all revenues from the match (telecasting rights and souvenir sales) would be transferred to the Fund for Solidarity with the Victims of the July 15 Government Coup Attempt.

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