Lasers impede Russian keeper for crucial goal

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Russia's goalkeeper was 'blinded' by lasers for the decisive goal scored by Algeria which sent his team out of the World Cup, according to coach Fabio Capello.

Russia and Algeria drew 1-1 in their final Group H game with the African side advancing at the expense of Capello's team.

[MATCH REPORT: ALGERIA 1-0 RUSSIA]

Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev failed to reach a cross which was headed home by Islam Slimani in the 60th minute to earn Algeria a point.

Television images showed what appeared to be green laser beams flashing across the keeper's body as he tried to reach the cross.

"Our goalkeeper was affected by a laser 10 seconds before the goal. He was blinded by a laser, there are photos, films of it," Capello said.

"I'm not looking for excuses. I accept defeats," added the Italian.

Akinfeev made a blunder in the opening Group H game against South Korea, letting in a shot from Lee Keun-ho to allow the Asian side take the lead in the 1-1 draw.

Use of lasers by fans is an increasingly common problem in North African football.

Last year, the second leg of the African Champions League final in Cairo between Egypt's Al-Ahly and South Africa's Orlando Pirates was badly affected by green lasers beamed into players faces.

[CAPELLO WILL STAY ON IF RUSSIANS WANT HIM]

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