Rus­sian club trav­els 10,000km... for 0-0 draw

Arab News - - SPORTS - — Com­piled from agen­cies

MOSCOW: Rus­sian sec­ond divi­sion side Baltika Kalin­ingrad un­der­went a marathon trip of 10,000km — a quar­ter of the way around the world — to play an away match only to see their ex­haust­ing ef­forts re­warded with a 0-0 draw. Baltika, based in the Rus­sian en­clave be­tween Poland and Lithua­nia on the Baltic Sea, flew east to face Luch Vladi­vos­tok, si­t­u­ated close to Rus­sia’s bor­der with China and North Korea. “It’s the first time we have played a match start­ing at 7am, Kalin­ingrad time,” said Baltika man­ager Igor Cherevchenko af­ter a fix­ture which re­quired a 10-hour flight. “In the first 15 min­utes, my players looked as if they hadn’t wo­ken up. But my boys man­aged to over­come this test and earned a pre­cious point — this is the main thing about this pro­longed trip.”

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