Russia’s Fernandes taken to hospital after falling on back vs. Finland


Russia's Mario Fernandes is carried off the pitch during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Finland and Russia at the Gazprom Arena stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kirill Kudryavtsev / AP)

Russia defender Mario Fernandes has been taken to the hospital after landing on his back in a fall during Wednesday’s European Championship game against Finland.

The Brazilian-born right back was carried off on a stretcher in the 26th minute after a lengthy period of treatment on the field in St. Petersburg. He had jumped for a header and was unable to break his fall as he landed on his back.

Russia says Fernandes has a spinal injury.

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