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Capello and Dzyuba rue Russia's missed chances

Both Russia coach Fabio Capello and forward Artem Dzyuba thought their side let two points slip through their grasp against Moldova, for whom Ilie Cebanu was full of praise.

Highlights: Russia v Moldova

Russia's Artem Dzyuba says his side "should have won" against Moldova
Visiting goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu congratulates team-mates for result
Home coach Fabio Capello gives credit to Moldova's defensive performance
Match report: Russia 1-1 Moldova
Next games: Austria v Russia, Moldova v Liechtenstein (15 November)

Artem Dzyuba, Russia forward
We dominated throughout the match. We knew Moldova would stay in their box and play defensively. They filled the box with five defenders and had two defensive midfielders. Unfortunately, at this level the opponent does not forgive you; they had one clear chance. We discussed that we should expect a threat from throw-ins and set plays. Unfortunately, from one of these they punished us.

The score is disappointing, but everything is in our hands. We shall try to recover in Austria. Today we did not take all our chances. I am glad I scored but I would rather not have scored and the team won. Now we feel disappointed. We should have won.

Fabio Capello, Russia coach
We knew that our opponents were not an easy team to play and it would not be simple to get three points. We expected Moldova to defend by any means and we could only score a penalty. But we let our opponent equalise. Moldova had a very good defensive strategy and a very good сounterattack. Before the match, we discussed who would take the penalties. First it was Aleksandr Kerzhakov, but he was substituted, and second was Sergei Ignashevich, but he was unsure, so Dzyuba decided to take it. You might think that we underestimated Moldova, but we prepared seriously.

Russia coach Fabio Capello
Russia coach Fabio Capello©AFP/Getty Images

Ilie Cebanu, Moldova goalkeeper
It's a positive result for us. We hoped to gain points, but on the other hand we knew that we could not play attacking, open football. We were lucky to equalise and take our first point. It's great – congratulations to all the guys, the whole team and our country. I conceded the goal from the penalty. I know that [penalty taker] Artem Dzyuba is a self-confident player, and that's why I stayed standing until the end. I thought he would shoot down the middle, I tried to react, but I missed it. Our team deserves appreciation for fighting, for giving their all.

Alexandr Kurteyan, Moldova coach
The match was very difficult for us and we understood this. The main goal was to build a new strategy in defence. I hope that the quality of our play will improve. We had big intentions to succeed in this match. Our dedication was great. We succeeded in fulfilling our game plan. We played with two forwards because we did not have enough resources to play one. We tried to attack; we didn't just try to keep the score at 0-0.