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Zenit game 'likely to go ahead'

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Uefa says it sees no reason why Zenit St Petersburg's Champions League tie with Juventus should not go ahead, despite a fatal blast in the city.

Reports suggested Tuesday's game may be postponed after three people, including a child, died following an explosion in a taxi near the club's training ground.

Zenit realistically need to win the game on Tuesday to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stages.

Juve need only one point from two games to go through to the knockout round.

"Obviously we're monitoring the situation and we're in close contact with people over there but we have had no requests to postpone the game," said a Uefa spokesman.

But if there are any doubts, the final decision would rest with the Russian government.

"They are sovereign over what happens on their land," said Uefa director of communications William Gaillard.

"Their say is final on events in their country."

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