Its raining in Moscow now. The first goal, which was scored by the Belgian squad, received a scream of despair on the Manezhnaya Square of Moscow, where some 1000 Russian fans gathered to see the game on a big screen. The Russian team lost the match with the score 2:3. Russian coaches volunteered to send in their resignation. As RIA Novosti informed, this was said by the press representative of the Russian squad, Alexander Lvov. He said that it was a reasonable decision, it was discussed for about 40 minutes. Vyacheslav Koloskov, the President of the Russian Football Association, has been informed about the resignation of Russian football coaches.
One can imagine the burden of criticism that coach Oleg Romantsev will have to deal with after the withered game of the Russian team. Of course, Russian players had a potential, but it remained still. Russian squad was supposed was go through 1/8 finals and be the first among the weakest groups of the championship.
State Duma deputy (communist faction) Vasily Shaydibin thinks there was nothing surprising about that: “When I was watching the game between Russia and Belgium today, I saw that our players did not have either enthusiasm or pride for their people, there was no spirit that Soviet athletes used to have. A lot of those things depend on the leader: the leader makes the game, basically. But our Oleg Romantsev is like a crybaby. His took crybabies too instead of working with young guys, who could be proud of the nation.
Oleg Romantsev said before the match with Belgians: “We will probably use the mixed variant – we will try to attack bearing the defense in mind.” Romantsev had only one forward in the match (Vladimir Beschastnykh), the same as was in the game with Japan. Russia was bearing a draw game in its mind, but the “mixed variant” did not work – Belgians won.
Peter Bely PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
On the picture: Former Russian coach Oleg Romantsev