Russia recorded their biggest winning margin as Artem Dzyuba scored four Saturday in a 9-0 thrashing of San Marino in Euro 2020 qualifying in Saransk, one of last year's World Cup finals venues.
It took Russia 25 minutes, and the first of two own goals by 20-year-old Michele Cevoli, to get going, but they were 4-0 ahead at half-time.
Dzyuba's first goal came from the penalty spot, and he completed his hat trick with a follow-up after having a second spot kick saved. His fourth was the final goal...
Former Fulham and Reading forward Pavel Pogrebnyak has been fined for remarks he made about black players on the Russia national team.
Pogrebnyak told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda this month he didn't believe Brazil-born Ari should play for Russia, adding: "It's funny when a dark-skinned player plays for the Russia team."
Pogrebnyak later said he didn't mean to offend black players but believed foreign-born players shouldn't represent Russia.
The Russian Football Union ethics committee...