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Russian footballers need drawing conclusions after crushing defeat to Brazil - Samedov

The team played "not bad" in the first half of the game, the footballer said

MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. Russian national football team’s players need to draw conclusions in the wake of the crushing 0-3 defeat to the Brazilian national team in a friendly match in Moscow on Friday night, Russian team’s midfielder Alexander Samedov told journalists.

"We played before against the teams from Belgium and Portugal, which also boast top-level players on the squad, just like Brazil," Samedov said.

"This is very hard," Samedov, who was the only player from the Russian team to briefly stop and talk to journalists after the match, said. "According to the score we played not bad in the first half, so we have something to work on."

"We could have missed more goals or we could have scored, what happened is the past and we must draw conclusions," he said.

All three goals in the match were scored by Brazil in the second half within 16 minutes. The goals for Brazil were scored by Miranda on the 50th minute; Philippe Coutinho on the 62nd minute; Paulinho on the 66th minute.

Asked about the atmosphere or if something particular was said in the team’s changing room after the game, Samedov replied "What happens in the locker rooms, must stay in the locker rooms."

The Russian national football team will be playing another friendly match next week as part of its preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The friendly match will be played in St. Petersburg on March 27 against the national team of France.

Some 59,000 tickets were sold for Friday’s friendly game at the Luzhniki Stadium, which is one of 12 stadiums across the country selected as venues for 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. The stadium in the Russian capital will also host the opening and final games of the championship.

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow opened after a major overhaul in November with a friendly match between the national teams of Russia and Argentina (0-1). This match set the country’s new record of attendance with the figure of 78,750 spectators.

The refurbishment of the Luzhniki Arena began in 2013 as part of the country’s preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is expected to extend its spectator capacity up to 81,000 seats for the global football championship.