Euro 2016 Qualifying Round – Group G
Sweden 1-1 Russia
[lead]The coach and the Russian national team players lamented unrealized moments and midfielder Jimmy Durmaz said that the Swedes had to win. Draw with the Swedes gave the Russians sour-sweet feeling. On the one hand – a point on the road with a strong opponent, on the other – poor implementation and missed the victory.[/lead]
[quote_slide byline=”Russia coach Fabio Capello”]
Fun, high-quality match. The whole team looked really good, and it pleases. But the result is not very much. We encountered issues that need to be implemented. Sweden was also dangerous, especially when “standards”, but I think our chances are more realistic.
As for the forwards, I would note their movement and great interaction with other lines. And Kokorin and Dziuba midfielders helped in the selection, never been idle. Kokorin week really did not train, and it’s great that he was able to play well. Akinfeev? He’s back. Episode from the penalty spot proved it.
[quote_slide byline=”Head coach of Sweden Erik Hamren”]
Honestly, surprised opponent. The Russian team and setup a surprise for us. Did not expect that it will play so aggressively. But we quickly regrouped and eventually mastered the opponent. Wanted more than a draw. But, given the way the game evolved, the result of a normal call.
[quote_slide byline=”Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev”]
I want to win, but does not always work. A good match. To be honest, the opponent did not create too many chances. Penalties saved? Just guessing, jumped, the ball was at a comfortable height. General point on the road – it was good.
[quote_slide byline=”Russia striker Alexander Kokorin”]
It’s a shame. We created more chances, but not implemented. And then missed. Many of our players is not in the best shape due to minor injuries. But we need to win, we will prepare for the next match.
[quote_slide byline=”Russia striker Artem Dziuba”]
Normal result, although would win, because a little upset. Creating moments and missed an easy goal. Stadium roof was closed today, it was stuffy. Before the match, felt a little excitement. But very happy that I came out from the first minute. Wanted to play against the Swedes with Ibrahimovic, but we need to build on their actions. Now need a victory on Sunday. Whatever “barbed” was not of Moldova, will fight for the three points.
[quote_slide byline=”Sweden midfielder Jimmy Durmaz”]
Always it’s different when we play without Zlatan and Albina [Ekdal]. These are two very good players, especially Zlatan. If he was on the field, it would be a completely different game. Today Ola scored one goal, and that is good for him, but bad that he suffered an injury.
I usually play on the flanks. But Albin injured and I had to play center field. I felt good at that position. For me, it was not a problem.
I am disappointed with the result. We had enough opportunities to win this match . In addition, we did not realize the penalty spot. But sometimes it happens, it’s football.