Jun 21, 2014; Manaus, BRAZIL; Detailed view of an official FIFA World Cup soccer ball from Adidas at the Portugal press conference prior to team training at Arena Amazonia. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup: Russia's Fabio Capello insists loss to Belgium was a good game


Russia has had some rough luck in the 2014 World Cup. They opened the tournament with a draw against South Korea after a goalie error gifted them a goal. Against Belgium in their second game they suffered a loss, to a team many had considered a dark horse to contend for the World Cup trophy.

Russia had held the Belgians to a scoreless draw until a Belgian teenager named Divock Origi scored in the final minutes to steal a win. The Russians were booed in the process, but manager Fabio Capello isn’t getting down on his side’s perofrmance.

“The match was a really good game, fast, strong,” Capello said, via Sky Sports.

“I’m disappointed for the players because they played a really good game.”

Capello added: “Frankly I am very happy with the performance of the team and I thought the result was unfair.

“The truth of the matter is we had chances to win it but we lost. Both teams gave it their all and unfortunately it was Belgium that was able to make it.

“We have to look forward and I said when we came to play in this World Cup after being absent for 12 years that this will be a great help for us to understand the level we need to be at in future competitions.”

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