Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that the national team's win over Spain in the round of 16 of the World Cup was a result of the players' "concerted effort."
Medveved attended the match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium as hosts Russia beat 2010 World Cup winners Spain on penalties to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.
"I congratulate everyone on our national football team's win over Spain. This is the result of the coaching staff's work, of the head coach's work, of the tactics, and of course, of our players' concerted effort," Medveded said.
He also praised Russian Deputy Prime Minister and former Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko for his contribution to the team’s success, and added that he would keep rooting for Russia.