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WATCH - Match abandoned after Russian keeper is hit by a flare

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Igor Akinfeev struck by a flare thrown from the crowd
Igor Akinfeev struck by a flare thrown from the crowd

Montenegro's European Championship qualifier against Russia was abandoned in the 67th minute as the players brawled and objects were thrown from the stands.

The match in Podgorica had earlier been suspended for approximately 30 minutes after Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck by a lit flare thrown from the crowd within a minute of kick-off.

Play resumed but trouble erupted between the players in the second half after Russia's Roman Shirokov missed a penalty with the score 0-0, and with further objects coming from the stands both teams left the field with German referee Deniz Aytekin calling the game off.