WATCH – Match abandoned after Russian keeper is hit by a flare

Igor Akinfeev struck by a flare thrown from the crowd

Igor Akinfeev struck by a flare thrown from the crowd

Montenegro’s European Championship qualifier against Russia was abandoned in the 67th minute as the players brawled and objects were thrown from the stands.

The match in Podgorica had earlier been suspended for approximately 30 minutes after Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck by a lit flare thrown from the crowd within a minute of kick-off.

Play resumed but trouble erupted between the players in the second half after Russia's Roman Shirokov missed a penalty with the score 0-0, and with further objects coming from the stands both teams left the field with German referee Deniz Aytekin calling the game off.

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Kane made an instant impact for England

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Harry Kane's dream season continued as he scored 80 seconds into his England debut on a night when England cantered to a comfortable victory.

England boss Roy Hodgson resisted the temptation to start with Kane despite a clamour from the English media for his inclusion in his starting line-up after a stunning season of goal scoring for Tottenham.

Yet after Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling had guided England into a winning position, Kane was unleashed from the bench and after some neat work for Sterling on the wing, the 21-year-old stopped to head home his first international goal.

It was quite a moment for the kid who had considered declaring his international loyalties to the Republic of Ireland not so long ago, with the roar around Wembley confirming the delight his emergence on the England scene has created.  

The game had been won by the time Kane came on to the field, with Rooney moving to within two goals of Bobby Charlton's England scoring record with an early opener.

He would have moved level with the England great inside 19 minutes had he not rattled the woodwork on two occasions. but once Rooney made way for Kane, the script was written for the Tottenham striker to score on his debut and he did not disappoint.

Man of the match Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling had given England a comfortable cushion against dire opposition and then Kane pounced with just his third touch to put the icing on the cake.

On Friday night, 83,671 witnessed the first of what they hope will be many an England goal for Kane.

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