Soccer-Russia suffer shock loss to Northern Ireland in qualifier (Reuters)

Aug 14 (Reuters) – Russia slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against Northern Ireland in their resheduled World Cup qualifier in Belfast on Wednesday and missed the chance to leapfrog Portugal at the top of Group F. Fabio Capello’s Russia team, two points behind the Portuguese with two games in hand before the match, were undone by a header from Martin Paterson just before the break. The Russians were outfought and outplayed by a makeshift Irish side missing injured striker Kyle Lafferty and ill defender Jonny Evans at Windsor Park. …

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