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EUROPE IN A NUTSHELL. Friday’s European Championship qualifier in Montenegro was abandoned, with Russian goalkeeper Igor Akenfeev carted off the field after being hit with a flare moments after the game started, and Russia’s players leaving the field in the second half amid more turmoil.
Russia is asking UEFA to award it the victory in a game that drew deservedly harsh words from an appropriate source, as the general secretary of Montenegro’s federation pulled no punches regarding the behavior of his countrymen.
“These fans sing ‘Montenegro we love you’ but throw flares, insult rivals and cause all sorts of incidents every time,” Momir Durdevac said. “We have left the impression of barbarians and this is a complete disaster. As far as I’m concerned the game should not have continued after the first-minute incident. We can only thank God that no one was seriously hurt.”
The hosts of France 2016 can take solace in knowing they won when it counted, after Thursday’s entertaining 3-1 loss to Brazil at the Stade de France, a rematch of the 1998 World Cup final on the same field, won by France.
Didier Deschamps, who started in the 1998 victory, was not pleased, and made eight changes to France’s lineup for its 2-0 home win over Denmark on Sunday, when 23-year-old Alexander Lacazette, Ligue 1’s leading scorer, scored his first goal for Les Bleus.
Brazil took its preparations for this summer’s Copa America to London on Sunday for a contentious contest with rival Chile, the game’s lone goal came in the 72nd minute, when Brazil’s Roberto Firmino looked right, and scored left, at the Emirates.