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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Romantsev to Coach Russia's World Cup Side




combined reports


Russian head coach Oleg Romantsev has been offered a further three years in the job despite failing to guide his team into the Euro 2000 finals.


"Romantsev will stay as national team coach through the 2002 World Cup finals," Vyacheslav Koloskov, president of the Russian Soccer Union, told a news conference Monday.


Koloskov said that, despite failure to reach next year's European championship finals, the team had shown some improvement in recent matches.


"Obviously you can't call our performance successful. Still, it gave our fans some hope for the future," he said.


Russia finished a disappointing third in its group after a 1-1 home draw against Ukraine in its last qualifier after a late blunder by goalkeeper Alexander Filimonov.


He punched Andriy Shevchenko's free kick into his own net with less than three minutes left, effectively knocking his team out of the tournament.


"We are already looking ahead to the World Cup qualifiers and will begin our preparation right away," Koloskov said.


In Lisbon, Portugal, Alverca's Russian goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov fractured his arm in an automobile accident that left one person dead and three others injured, news reports said Monday.


The crash occurred just after midnight Sunday on a highway near Lisbon when Ovchinnikov's car hit a road-assistance van and another car which had crashed earlier, police spokesman Lourenco Da Silva said.


He said the Russian international had apparently been speeding.


The 31-year-old male driver of the second car was hit and killed, Da Silva added. There was no information on the three people who were injured.


Club officials said the goalkeeper was fine, but declined to give information on the accident.


Ovchinnikov was returning from a Portuguese premier league game against Sporting Lisbon, the national news agency Lusa said.


There was no word on whether he will be charged.


In 1994, another Russian international, Sergei Yuran, who played for Porto, was charged with involuntary manslaughter following a car crash in which another driver died.