MOSCOW, June 5 (Sputnik) – Russia were held to a 1-1 draw by Turkey in their final friendly before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but head coach Stanislav Cherchesov says the team has "taken their game to the next level," after putting in a vastly improved performance from the 1-0 loss against Austria last week.
"Of course we wanted to win... and I will need to look back at the game. My first impression was it was a fair result, though both teams had chances to score more. In comparison to the match against Austria, we took our game to the next level. There are things that we need to improve, and towards the end of the game, we struggled to find the right pass in the attacking third," Cherchsov said.
Russia will kick-off the World Cup on June 14 when they take on Saudi Arabia in the opening match at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The two countries will be joined in Group A by Egypt and Uruguay.