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FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia celebrated a rare success in football with zest

Posted on 3 July 2018 | 10:54 am by

 

It's a new achievement for Russia. Stanislav Cherchesov and his boys have forged a new identity for Russian football by reaching the quarter-finals against heavy odds.

Russia hadn’t progressed even to the second round of the World Cup after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Now they are in the last eight after knocking out Spain on penalties. A roaring success in terms of organization, the World Cup is now a blockbuster on the field as well thanks to the exploits of the Russian team.

The whole of Moscow erupted in joy and excitement after goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev sealed the fate of Spain with an acrobatic save in the shootout on Sunday. He played with the spirit of Russia’s legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin.

The fans filled the air with the chants of ‘Roo-ss-ya, Roo-ss-ya’ as metro stations, city squares, and even supermarkets became impromptu centers of celebration. Fans inside speeding cars honked non-stop as Russia celebrated a rare success in football with gusto. Data on how many people were late to the office on Monday morning would shed light on the extent of the late night parties.

Akinfeev rightly said that the man of the match was the raucous crowd inside the Luzhniki. Svetlana Nesterova, a Russian fan who was inside the stadium, seconded her captain when she was asked what made the home team tick. “We (fans),” she said. “We made the difference today. I’m full of joy.

Svetlana said that the win over Spain was a bonus. No one ever thought that Russia would reach the second round. Playing in the quarter-final of this amazing event would be a great achievement in itself. We have done so well in a tournament that is the focus of the world now.

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