Mostovoy tests positive, cut from Russia’s Euro 2020 squad


Russia's Andrei Mostovoy, right, plays the ball past Turkey's Merih Demiral during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Russia and Turkey at Dinamo Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday Oct. 11, 2020. (Pavel Golovkin / AP)

MOSCOW — Russia winger Andrey Mostovoy was cut from the national team for this year’s European Championship on Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Mostovoy is the first player to be cut from a team at the tournament because of the virus.

The team wrote on Twitter that Mostovoy has been replaced by defender Roman Evgeniev “in connection with an unfavorable result of PCR testing.”

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said no other players were suspected to be infected.

“We all did (testing) yesterday evening, and all did it again this morning. Everyone is clean,” he said.

Russia is scheduled to play its opening Euro 2020 match against Belgium on Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Mostovoy made his debut for Russia last year and played eight of the team’s last 11 games, mostly as a substitute.

Evgeniev’s only appearance for his country was in a 5-0 loss to Serbia last year. He had been with the team at a training camp in the run-up to the tournament.

Sweden and Spain have both reported positive results from coronavirus tests but haven’t yet opted to replace the affected players.

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