MOSCOW, July 8 (Sputnik) - Former USSR forward Sergey Dmitriyev told Sputnik on Sunday that Russia played well at this summer's tournament and showed perseverance and dedication.
Russia lost 4-3 on penalties in the quarter-finals against Croatia and were eliminated from the tournament. This is the first time Russia have advanced this far at World Cup since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
"I think Russia played decently at the World Cup. The players showed dedication and perseverance... In the matches against Croatia and Spain, the tactics were chosen in respect of our players' abilities, which allowed them to play decently," Dmitriyev said.
He also praised striker Artem Dzyuba and midfielder Denis Cheryshev, who netted four goals during the World Cup, becoming the team's top scorer at the tournament.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the final set to be played at the Luzhniki Stadium.