7/9/2018 12:52:32 AM (GMT+3)

Russian players say 'thank you' to fans

Russian players say

MOSCOW: The day after their hard-fought defeat at the hands of Croatia in the quarterfinals, Russia visited the FIFA Fan Fest here to personally thank the fans for their unbelievable support throughout the tournament.

In turn, thousands of ecstatic fans showed up on Vorobyovy Gory on Sunday to thank their heroes for an amazing World Cup. The quarterfinal result still stings for Stanislav Cherchesov's side, but it was overshadowed by a sense of pride for the team, who managed to defy all the pre-tournament predictions, not only qualifying from the group but even beating the 2010 world champions Spain in the Round of 16.

“As soon as I found out there was going to be a reception with the Sbornaya, I dropped everything and drove with my husband to Moscow,” said Anastasiya, a fan from Tver who travelled for over three hours to reach the capital. “I really wanted to see in the flesh the men who gave us such a fairy-tale celebration. Huge ‘thanks’ to the guys for their performances, the emotions and the unforgettable memories. They’ve given us belief that we are a genuine footballing country.”