Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the national football team on a "very good game" despite their defeat in the fiercely-fought quarter-final of Fifa World Cup 2018 against Croatia on Saturday, coach Stanislav Cherchesov said. "We have succeeded I believe, but it's time to take a step forward".
The regulation time ended 2-2 before Croatia sealed their qualification to the last four of the tournament winning on penalties.
"When I say that we are not a footballing nation, I do it so that we can figure out why", Slutsky, who coached Russian Federation at the Euro 2016, clarified days later in a television programme. Crucially, Croatia will go into the game on Wednesday as the underdogs, a role that has always suited it.
Moscow's Nikolskaya Street was full of people chanting, dancing, and hugging into the morning.
Adding a little more to the stats trivia package, the Croatian win yesterday was the highest MM result for any event on Fox or Fox Sports since the 5.1 that the Daytona 500 raced to on February 18.
"It's a great honor for us to [be here], we are playing for our country with passion".
"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard".
His mid-season injury looks an even bigger shame now, with England denied an invaluable option for their biggest World Cup game in 28 years.
"He watched, he was rooting for the team".
"We'd been spending a lot of time on set pieces, right down to the details, all the runs and the blocks", said midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
That caution is disappointing but if there is a silver lining for Dalic, it is that his team once again showed the mental strength to win on penalties - a not inconsiderable feat in front of a partisan 44,000 crowd in Sochi.
"This was a good game, and a handsome one".
"With 98 percent attendance of matches, the turnout has been fantastic and local fans have come out to support their team in great numbers". ("Thank You!") spelled out on the ground with trash.
"We have to pay attention to those details and hopefully we'll do better than we did against Russian Federation in that way".
The opposite side of the draw, in contrast, featured five-time champions Brazil, fellow former winners Uruguay, Argentina and France, European champions Portugal and Belgium's golden generation - who beat England in the group stage.