Capello: We can accept Akinfeev's mistake
Russia coach has praised his team for reacting quickly to the setback they suffered in their 1-1 draw with Korea Republic
The Italian coach has praised his team for reacting quickly to the setback they suffered in their 1-1 FIFA World Cup draw with Korea Republic.
The Russians had looked shaky at the back for some time during a Group H clash with South Korea and, in the 68th minute, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev flapped wildly at a speculative effort from Lee Keunho to concede the opener.
But Capello threw Alexandr Kerzhakov into the mix from the bench and was soon rewarded for making the switch as the Zenit St Petersburg striker forced a 1-1 draw in Cuiaba.
His equaliser arrived from a goalmouth scramble - only six minutes after Akinfeev's gaffe - and Italian tactician Capello was pleased his players had managed to stay focused on securing a positive result.
He told the BBC: "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.
"But the players were really good and most important for me was the reaction. We also twice had a chance to score a second goal. I know Kerzhakov did well, he's a fantastic player. He always offers us a way to score goals."
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