Samba says Dinamo 'clearly the better team'

Aleksandr Kokorin, Aleksei Kozlov and Christopher Samba praised the patience and belief that shone through after FC Dinamo Moskva fell behind against RSC Anderlecht.

Anthony Vanden Borre of Anderlecht challenges Dinamo Moskva's Mathieu Valbuena
Anthony Vanden Borre of Anderlecht challenges Dinamo Moskva's Mathieu Valbuena ©AFP/Getty Images

Dinamo players delighted with reaction after falling behind against Anderlecht
Dinamo's Aleksandr Kokorin says "the whole team were fantastic" in 3-1 win
Christopher Samba adds: "It was clear we were the superior team"
Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour says Belgian side lost focus
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Aleksandr Kokorin, Dinamo forward
We played well in the first half, but at one stage we lost focus and conceded a soft goal. After this, we knew we had to score and try and get the victory as nothing else would do. The whole team was fantastic. Of course we knew that the quicker we could equalise, the more chances we would have to score a second. The supporters really helped to push us forward. I think our first goal was the key moment of the match. To score so quickly after the break really helped us a lot.

Aleksei Kozlov, Dinamo defender
At the start of the second half, the ball came towards me and I hit it first time as hard as I could and the goalkeeper could not keep it out. This is my first goal for Dinamo. We dominated the first half and controlled the encounter. We created a fair amount of chances, but we just couldn't take them. During the break, our coach told us that we should carry on playing the way we were and we would definitely score and then the game would become more open.

Christopher Samba, Dinamo defender
In the first game, we played with a bit of uncertainty and showed signs of a lack of match sharpness. We went back to what we know best and we moved the ball forward quickly and kept it well. They were very lucky as they scored with the only shot they had on goal all game. After half-time, we continued to play our game and it was clear we were the superior team. Sometimes you are not rewarded, but today we were rewarded because of the way we played.

Anderlecht's joy was short-lived
Anderlecht's joy was short-lived©AFP/Getty Images

Steven Defour, Anderlecht midfielder
Competitively, I don't think we were worse than Dinamo, but they were just more efficient. In the first leg I think we needed to score one or two goals but we didn't and here Dinamo scored three goals after two of our mistakes. We weren't focused enough and that was very tough for us because we came under a lot of pressure afterwards. We still had a chance when the score was 2-1, but we did not manage to score.

Olivier Deschacht, Anderlecht defender
It was a pity because today we had no luck. In the second half, we came out of the dressing room and after just one minute it was already 1-1 due to what I think was a lucky shot. They got two lucky goals, but that is football. Maybe we were not sharp enough in the tackle at some stages of the game.

We have some young talents who have proven themselves during this campaign, but it ends now and that is a pity. Now we have our domestic league and the Belgian Cup to concentrate on.