Akinfeev told what happened after the victory over Spain at the home World Cup
CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on the air of the program “All for the Match!” shared his memories of the circumstances of the victory of the Russian team over Spain in the 1/8 finals of the 2018 World Cup.
In the match of the 1/8 finals of the home world championship, the Russians turned out to be stronger than Spain (1:1, on penalties – 4:3). In the quarterfinals, Stanislav Cherchesov’s wards lost to the Croatian team (2:2, on penalties – 3:4).
“That night after Spain, of course, was cool. After the game, I give an interview, then they immediately take me to a doping test, which I took until three in the morning. At four in the morning I arrived in Novogorsk, had a bite to eat, and at 11 in the morning I was already at training. I remember there were a lot of memes, a lot of messages on the phone. When I returned from the doping test, there were about two hundred unread. On the one hand, it was nice, but at the same time, it was some kind of devastation, ”Akinfeev said on Match TV.
The legendary goalkeeper also admitted that he does not regret that the domestic national team failed to pass the Croatian national team, since the Russian team gave everything they could in that match.
Recall that Igor Akinfeev announced his retirement from the Russian national team after the 2018 home World Cup. In total, the goalkeeper played 111 matches for the national team.