The Russian football team has played an international match outside the borders of the former Soviet Union for the first time since the international ban due to the invasion of Ukraine. The national team drew 1-1 in Tehran in a friendly against Iran.
Russia is not allowed to participate in the 2024 European Championship due to the aggression against Ukraine and for that reason does not play in the qualifications, which start this week. During wartime, the country did play football against Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, countries that used to belong to the Soviet Union.
Anton Mirantchuk opened the score for Russia after 28 minutes in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. Mehdi Taremi equalized for Iran shortly after the break.
Several hundred women sat in the stands for the first time since January 2022. The international association FIFA has been lobbying for years for Iran to open its stadiums to women, but the Islamic Republic only allows a limited number of women to participate in matches on rare occasions. to attend.
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