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