After Russia could only display an unconvincing 1-1 draw with Korea, the russian captain Vasily Berezutskiy admitted that the 12-year wait for a FIFA World Cup 2014 appearance had took its toll on his side in their Group.
“As you can imagine we were all nervous, being the first FIFA World Cup for most of us and Russia’s first in a long time,” the towering centre-back said after the game. “However, experience was decisive as Alexander Kerzhakov is the only one who was here 12 years ago and he made the difference. Our team is not the youngest, so we have played in some big matches, but it was important to get this first game out of the way as you cannot compare the FIFA World Cup with any other tournament.”
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