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Russian match abandoned when Zenit fan hits player

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- A soccer game in Russia's top division has been called off after fans stormed the field and one of them punched a visiting player in the head.

Dynamo Moscow was leading Zenit St. Petersburg 4-2 in the 87th minute Sunday when Zenit spectators surged from the stands. A loss by Zenit would damage its hopes of winning the Russian Premier League. It is unclear if the score will be the final result.

Broadcasts showed one fan running to Dynamo defender Vladimir Granat and hitting him in the head from behind. Dynamo sporting director Guram Adzhoev told local media that Granat has a head injury.

In 2012, a Zenit-Dynamo match was abandoned when a flare thrown from the Zenit fan section injured Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin.

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