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Russian fans sad but proud after World Cup exit

10 Juillet 2018

The national team's unexpected run to the quarterfinals sparked a surge of support from fans who had been mostly indifferent before the World Cup started.

The two sides are evenly matched, so it's a hard one to call, but the Red Devils were perhaps a little fortunate to only concede one goal against Brazil, who spurned several promising opportunities and were controversially denied a penalty.

It was later re-released for the 1998 World Cup.

With 98 per cent of the tickets reserved for group matches sold, the feeling among Russian fans going into the last 16 was that they had unfairly judged the team, and Allexey Sorokin, chairman of the 2018 World Cup Local Organising Committee said as much. "That's why, for us, it was the game of the World Cup, no matter what happens". I feel joy, a feeling of peace because I am ending on a high note.

"In four years' time in Qatar we will be better", Cherchesov added, referring to the next World Cup tournament. However, Gareth Southgate, the team's forward-thinking coach, chose to switch formation to a 3-5-2 past year in an effort to give more security to his defence, enable his midfielders to have more possession, and to get more support for star striker Harry Kane.

Its 44 forces across England and Wales recorded 387 incidents and made more than 70 arrests over the weekend for mostly alcohol-related disorder.

"Anything can happen in soccer".

Sergei Ignashevich, who said on Saturday he was finishing his sports career, thanked the fans, saying, "My biggest thanks to you all and each one of you personally". "Thierry Henry must have come up with it, and knowing his punditry on Sky I wouldn't be surprised, but it's not a great plan to leave Lukaku, Hazard and De Bruyne up there and they don't have to chase back".

Skipper Kompany kept team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar quiet and will lead his country tonight where they face the twin threat of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

Midfielder Alexander Samedov, meanwhile, has said he is ending his global career.

The match, which will be the fifth match Pinnick would commission at the finals in Russian Federation, will begin at 7pm Nigeria time and is potentially going to be an explosive clash at the 67,000-capacity Zenit Arena.

"It's a pity it ended this way". Defensively sound while causing one of the best organised sides in the tournament real problems.

We've got a good mix of pundits for the semifinal stage: Paul Mariner and Ale Moreno (ESPN FC), Mauricio (ESPN Deportes), Leonardo Bertozzi (ESPN Brasil) and Ricardo Puig (ESPN Mexico).

Russian fans sad but proud after World Cup exit