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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

English Fans Go Home As Russians Celebrate

With England still reeling from its 2-1 loss to the Russian national football team Wednesday at Luzhniki stadium, four Englishmen were released Thursday from the hospital where they were being treated for injuries sustained in fights with Russian fans, doctors said.

The Englishmen had been hospitalized Wednesday with various injuries but were released from Moscow's Botkin hospital by 1 p.m. Thursday, a hospital official told Interfax.

"They've probably already returned home, where they will be treated by their own doctors," the official said.

Calls to the Botkin hospital went unanswered. But the Englishmen released Thursday included a 28-year-old man with a broken nose and a 25-year-old man with high blood pressure and a hangover, Interfax reported.

The British Embassy, meanwhile, contradicted that account. An embassy spokesman said all six England fans who had been hospitalized after being attacked Tuesday and Wednesday had been discharged before Wednesday's kickoff.

In all, 64 people were detained at the stadium Wednesday night for public drunkenness and another 14 for scalping tickets, city police spokesman Yevgeny Gildeyev said Thursday, Interfax reported.

Gildeyev could not be reached for comment Thursday. But he told Interfax that England fans broke up in groups of 30 to 40 people after the game and roamed the city center trying to provoke fights with Russian fans. Nonetheless, there were no serious incidents, Gildeyev said.

Around 60,000 fans celebrated the victory in the city center late Wednesday, Gildeyev said, primarily on the Arbat and near Lubyanskaya Ploshchad and Kitai-Gorod, Interfax reported.

National dailies were jubilant as well Thursday, with most major newspapers splashing reports on the comeback victory across their front pages.

"Hurrah! We Have Learned to Play Football," the popular tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda screamed.

Business daily Kommersant made the win its lead story, noting that "not since 1999 have Russians beaten opponents of such caliber," in reference to a 3-2 victory over France that year.

Sports daily Sport-Express ran a giant headline that simply read: "Crazy!"

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin began his live question-and-answer session Thursday by congratulating the team and its Dutch manager, Guus Hiddink.

"It seems to me that the team won, to a significant degree, thanks to the mighty support of the stands, to the mighty support of the supporters and the team's courage," Putin said.