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Slovakian referee Lubos Michel rescinded a second booking for the defender in stoppage time of normal time after a linesman told the official the ball had gone out of play before Kolodin tangled with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