NIreland-Russia qualifier postponed for 2nd time

Russia’s World Cup qualifier at Northern Ireland has been

postponed for a second straight day due to wintry weather.

Heavy snow initially led to the match being postponed on Friday.

Additional snow fell on the field Saturday and ice formed.

No new date was set.

Russia (4-0) leads Group F with 12 points, four ahead of Israel

and Portugal (both 2-1-2). Northern Ireland (0-1-3) has three

points, ahead of Azerbaijan on goal difference, and Luxembourg

(0-3-2) is last with two.

Northern Ireland hosts Israel on Tuesday. Portugal, held to a

3-3 draw at Israel on Friday, is at Azerbaijan and will play

without Cristiano Ronaldo, suspended for accumulation of yellow

cards.