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Monday June 23, 2008

Russians relieved at Kolodin’s red card escape

BASEL: Denis Kolodin was a relieved man when the referee changed his mind after showing him a red card on Saturday, enabling Russia’s 11 men to overpower Holland in their Euro 2008 quarter-final.

Slovakian referee Lubos Michel rescinded a second booking for the defender in stoppage time of normal time after a linesman told the official the ball had gone out of play before Kolodin tangled with Wesley Sneijder.

That meant Russia retained a full team for extra time and were able to score two goals to secure a 3-1 win.

“I paid the referee a compliment,” said Russia coach Guus Hiddink.

Kolodin’s relief at staying on the pitch was marred by the fact he will still miss the semi-final against Spain or Italy because he was already on a yellow card from the previous game.

He refused to get too down, saying the main thing was the team were through.

“Maybe I will still have another game to play,” said Kolodin. – Reuters

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