Russia Coach Fabio Capello looked on the bright side of a 1-1 draw with South Korea. “The reaction was important.”
After a dire first half, Igor Akinfeev’s howler gifted Korea the opener, but substitute Alexander Kerzhakov scored moments after coming off the bench.
“It was a good game, they ran a lot in the first half and then felt tired. You saw the goal they scored, it was not easy to react,” Capello told BBC Sport.
“The reaction from the players was really good and that was very important for me, especially as we had the chances to score the second, but this is football.
“I know Kerzhakov very well, he’s a fantastic player and always gets the chance to score goals.”
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