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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rangers Balk at Dagestan; Anzhi and Dynamo Prevail

The chances of Thursday's UEFA Cup showdown between Anzhi Makhachkala and Glasgow Rangers going ahead in Dagestan are looking increasingly unlikely as Rangers threatened to boycott the game because of the dangers of traveling to Dagestan, Kommersant reported Saturday.

Rangers have been unable to find a company willing to insure the squad for the trip to Dagestan, which borders war-torn Chechnya.

The Scottish Football Association has also expressed its worries to UEFA about the safety of traveling to Makhachkala. UEFA was expected to make a final decision Monday as to whether the first round tie will go ahead or be moved to Moscow.

Anzhi warmed up for the possible match by edging out first division strugglers Khimki in a penalty shootout in the Russian Cup fifth round on Saturday.

Anzhi beat Khimki 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time.

Anzhi goalkeeper Stanislav Khoteyev saved two spot kicks to send the North Caucasus side through.

Khimki, which is second from bottom in its first season in the first division, went ahead 2-1 shortly before the interval, but Anzhi's Arsen Akayev leveled 13 minutes from time.

The score remained unchanged after 30 minutes of extra-time before Anzhi prevailed in the shootout to set up a sixth-round clash against Dynamo Moscow, which earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over first division Kristall Smolensk.

But three other Premier League sides, Torpedo Moscow, Rotor Volgograd and Chernomorets Novorossiisk, fell at the first hurdle, losing to opponents from the first division.

Torpedo, which was drawn against England's Ipswich Town in the first round of the UEFA Cup, suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Amkar Perm.

Chernomorets, which takes on last season's Champions League runner-up Valencia of Spain in the UEFA Cup, was beaten by Kuban Krasnodar 2-0, while Gazovik-Gazprom Izhevsk knocked out Rotor 3-1.

(MT, Reuters)