"I believe there is [Madrid] interest [in Neymar], although I don't know about the figures", Valdano said.
"In the second half, we were trying to defend".
Russian Federation will face the winners of that match, hoping to continue to benefit from the hosts' dividend to better the single semi-final appearance that the Soviet Union achieved in 1966. "Thank God", he said, while also extending a thank you to the 78,000 home crowd.
The Spaniard, who looked shaky in all three group games, was unable to save any of Russia's four penalties in Moscow after La Roja failed to find a victor despite making over 1000 passes.
Street celebrations broke out nearly immediately on a central Moscow square where a band erupted in a rendition of the Russian anthem as passing cars tooted their horns and men staggered out of a nearby bar waving Russian flags. Turmoil erupted two days before the opening game, when the federation fired the head coach.
"I don't regret the decision", Rubiales told Spanish media after Sunday's match. "I thought I had to do it and I accept the consequences". "But if we had gone for a different tactic we would not have succeeded". "Winning isn't easy, it's a lot more complicated than it looks, but the national team will march on forwards because it has a lot of good players". We have the feeling that we've been eliminated by a team that wasn't at our level.
"Russia had a plan, which was exactly that", he said.
"There are players around, they just have to find a path to success", he said.
"We had opportunities to win this match but we ended up in a penalty shootout which is basically a lottery, and we weren't lucky", he said.
However, Cherchesov refused to get carried away and spoke like a man on a mission after his side booked a quarter-final clash with Croatia.
Russian Federation will take on Croatia in Sochi on Saturday, hoping to continue to benefit from the hosts' dividend to better the single semi-final appearance that the Soviet Union achieved in 1966.
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