Striker of the national team of Russia on football Alexander Kokorin after the defeat of Qatar (1:2) in a friendly match lamented the underestimation of the opponent, which closes the first hundred of the rating of FIFA, and overestimation of your own abilities.
Speaking about the reasons for the failure, he referred to the backlog by the end of year fatigue and health problems, and drew attention to the experimental team of Stanislav Cherchesov.
“The end of the year, many games, many children have health problems. Some have recently debuted and while join. We have a new team needs time to gel with each other. But it is clear that this is not an excuse. Yesterday there were moments when Qatar is not overplayed, but played well, kept the ball. We are allowed”, – quotes the exhibition “Sport-Express”.
Alexander rejected the suggestion of a journalist that the Russian football team simply stopped playing after the early goals. “Not quit, but it is too early to believe that they can score two or three goals. Believe in vain”, – he said.
Kokorin also admitted that he is glad to return to the team where the new coach called him for the first time.
“I was very worried that long was not called, and are thrilled to now have the opportunity. Understand that you just have to work and wait for your chance, wait for the call”, – quotes the striker TASS.
Recall that the only goal in the game controls with Qatar the Russians scored in the fifth minute from the penalty spot scored by Alexander Samedov. In the 35th minute of the forward of owners of Boualem Juhi just struck his penalty kick and restored the balance, and in the second half, the Qatari midfielder Karim Boudiaf (72′) tipped the scales to the side of the owners.
In the 86th minute Kokorin missed an ideal opportunity to draw the game, not implementing the 11-meter.
Next match the Russian team will play against the team of Romania on 15 November in Grozny.