As a Norwegian I have to apologize for the incorrect decision by the Norwegian referee in the match Russia - Portugal. The TV pictures shows that the Russian keeper Sergej Ovtsjinnikov never did anything illegal. On the contrary: he did a brilliant save, after a perfectly timed run. In my opinion the hand could even have touched the ball without any wrongdoing, since it would have been an accident and the ball already was under
I beg you to understand a human mistake made in an unclear situation (for the live viewer) under pressure from a home crowd.
The Russian team lost against two brilliant goals, but showed great morale and good technical play.
As an admirer of Russian football I am looking forward to a future championship with an entertaining Russian team - free from injuries, internal trouble and bad refrees.
Rune, a Norwegian
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea