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Proud Galaktionov hails Russia discipline

Russia coach Mikhail Galaktionov praised his team's strength, organisation and discipline during their 1-0 defeat of England, whose manager lamented the lack of a cutting edge.

Aleksandr Maksimenko's penalty save from Nathan Holland was a key moment in the game
Aleksandr Maksimenko's penalty save from Nathan Holland was a key moment in the game ©LAP.bg

Russia, winners in 2013, defeat holders England 1-0 in their Burgas quarter-final
Aleksandr Maksimenko saves a penalty – three minutes later Aleksei Tataev heads in
Mikhail Galaktionov hails his Russia side's organisation and discipline
Russia achieve an "important objective", qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 
England manager John Peacock rues his team's "lack of a clinical finish"

John Peacock, England manager
In the quarter-finals one goal is usually decisive. The first goal is always crucial, so we had the best chance with the penalty and then hit the post on the rebound. That came back to haunt us and we conceded from a set play. Credit to Russia because they worked exceptionally hard and showed a lot of character. Our fault throughout the tournament – though we've done very well and I'm proud of the players – has been our lack of a clinical finish. That has been our undoing.

It was a crazy passage of play [Tataev clearing the ball off the line and then scoring a minute later]. It has been a frustrating day and I'm sure the four teams left in the tournament will be absolutely delighted that we aren't there. We're one of the better sides here in terms of footballing ability, but sometimes you don't get what you deserve. Take nothing away from Russia, congratulations to them, and I'm sure they'll have a tough game against Germany. We've got one coming up ourselves against Spain.

There's a World Cup prize at stake, so it's not all dead and buried. It'll be tough to take for the players at the moment, but tomorrow we'll have to regroup, recover and try to get that spot. I've no doubt that if we did get there [to Chile] we'd give a good account of ourselves, but Spain will be thinking exactly the same.

Mikhail Galaktionov, Russia coach
I'm very proud of my country and the boys, who have achieved an important objective: reaching the World Cup. It's a very important step in their careers and, of course, we are very happy for the team, the staff and the supporters. Maksimenko's save was the turning point in the game.

England are a better side in terms of individual skill, but we are strong as a team, organised and disciplined. I'm thankful to the players for their spirit and fighter's soul. We knew about England's weak point in that area and we practiced such set pieces yesterday. It worked.

It was totally unexpected that we would have to replace injured [Dmitri] Pletnev, one of our leaders. [Aleksandr] Scherbakov only arrived yesterday and unfortunately didn't get into the game fully, but he did well – we are grateful for his efforts.

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