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Radamel Falcao went within one goal of
Colombia s scoring record by netting a penalty
yesterday to complete a 3-1 victory over Kuwait
in a friendly.
Despite Falcao s struggles for Manchester United
this season, the striker has netted three in two
games for his country during the international
The Colombia captain scored from the penalty
spot in the 74th minute, taking his international
tally to 24 --- one short of retired striker Arnoldo
Iguaran s national record.
Abel Aguilar volleyed in Colombia s opener
from the edge of the penalty area in the 22nd,
but Musaed Alenezi leveled on the stroke of half-
time for Kuwait.
Edwin Cardona restored Colombia s lead in the
68th with a long-range striker before Falcao made
sure of the victory.
Falcao also scored twice in a 6-0 rout of Bahrain
in a friendly last week, but he hasn t found the
net for United in two months. (AP)
MOSCOW---UEFA said yesterday it has
opened disciplinary proceedings against
Montenegro and Russia after a European
championship qualifier between the
teams was abandoned Friday due to
The game was called off at 0-0 on 67
minutes after Russian player Dmitry
Kombarov was hit by an object thrown
from the stands and spectators from both
Earlier, the game had been suspended
for 30 minutes when a flare hit Russian
goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev in the head,
leaving him in need of hospital treatment.
UEFA said in a statement it has opened
disciplinary proceedings against Mon-
tenegro over the abandonment and
against both countries for the throwing
of fireworks and other objects by their
Russia has filed a protest demanding
it be awarded a win because of the attacks
on its players.
"I believe that UEFA objectively, fairly
and in the spirit of the relevant regulation
documents, will examine (the protest)
and will issue an objective, fair decision,"
Russian Football Union head Nikolai Tol-
stykh told Russian state TV on Tuesday.
"In our view, a 3-0 defeat for the host
country is fitting for this situation, a
technical defeat. It would be a fair deci-
sion in this case."
Akinfeev was discharged from hospital
and returned to Russia with the rest of
the Russian team. He is due to return to
training for his club, CSKA Moscow,
today and could play as soon as Sunday,
a coach with CSKA told Russian media
Monday. Kombarov was not seriously
Political tensions have flared between
Russia and the small Balkan nation of
Montenegro in recent months after Mon-
tenegro, a traditional ally of the Kremlin, decided
to join US and European Union sanctions against
Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
Friday s incident was not the first case of severe
crowd trouble during a Euro 2016 qualifier. Last
year, a match between Serbia and Albania was
abandoned after a drone carrying a political banner
was flown into the stadium.
A Serbia player pulled the banner down and
Albanian players tried to protect it. In the resulting
disorder, Serbian fans attacked Albania players.
UEFA punished both teams over the incident,
awarding a 3-0 win to Serbia but also docking
it three points.
UEFA opens case over Montenegro-Russia violence
Falcao goes within 1 goal of
Colombia scoring record
Belarus 0, Gabon 0
Oman 1, Algeria 4
Saudi Arabia 2,
Qatar 1, Slovenia 0
YESTERDAY'S FRIENDLY RESULTS
MOSCOW---The Russian Football Union has
appointed its first dedicated anti-racism official
in an effort to crack down on discrimination
ahead of the World Cup.
RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh says Alexei
Tolkachev has been named "anti-racism inspec-
It was not immediately clear what powers have
been given to Tolkachev, who already deals with
racism as the RFU s head of safety and fan out-
Last month, RFU general secretary Anatoly
Vorobyov told The Associated Press that he wanted
the inspector to gather evidence of racist offenses
as part of a push to tighten up enforcement.
The appointment was welcomed by FIFA vice-
president Jeffrey Webb, who also heads FIFA s
"I commend The Russian Football Union for
taking a step in the right direction by appointing
Anti-Racism Inspector Alexei Tolkachev," he said
Webb said in October that Russian football
faces "huge challenges" in fighting racism and
needs intensive education efforts.
A report by two anti-discrimination organisa-
tions last month said there were more than 200
cases of discriminatory behavior linked to Russian
soccer over two seasons. (AP)
Russia Football Union appoints
new anti-racism leader
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