Gazinsky Met Claesson in a National Teams Game
In the late evening of 11 October a UEFA Nations League fixture was held in Kaliningrad. Two FC Krasnodar players met each other on a field of play.
Midfielders Yury Gazinsky and Viktor Claesson played a full 90 minutes, and they were also prominent characters with their teams in a clash of Russia vs. Sweden. The stadium stands in Kaliningrad, the westernmost Russian city, were filled to capacity. The game kept the spectators in suspense until the very full-time as it contained everything football is loved for, apart from the scored goals.
After this 0-0 tie the two teams in question earned a point each that allowed the Russian squad led by Stanislav Cherchesov to become a single leader of the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B (Group 2) after the first round of the tournament. Our compatriots have four points now, and they will meet Turkey (second team of the group with three points) at home in Sochi on 14 October. Team Sweden is the last one of the three with one point earned.
FC Krasnodar centre-back Jón Guðni Fjóluson came in as a substitution on the 81st minute for his Iceland national team in a friendly game with France that was staged in Guingamp. The scrimmage ended with a 2-2 tie, and interestingly enough, the home team narrowly escaped defeat at the death (Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson, own goal, 86′ and Kylian Mbappé, penalty kick, 90′).