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Capello slams match officials

2014-06-27 11:16
Fabio Capello (AFP)
Curitiba - Following their Soccer World Cup elimination, Russia head coach Fabio Capello has criticised the match officials for what he believes was a poor performance and resulted in them drawing their crucial last group game against Algeria on Thursday.

As it happened: Algeria v Russia

The 1-1 Group H result at the Curitiba Stadium ended Russia’s hopes of advancing to the Last 16 of the tournament.

Russia grabbed the lead in the sixth minute through Alexander Kokorin before Islam Slimani equalised for the Algerians in the second half.

Heading into the encounter, Capello’s charges needed maximum points to progress to the knockout stages, while a draw was adequate for their African rivals on the night.

In a post-match televised interview, the former England coach expressed his frustrations with the referee, concluding that the officials are always against the Russian team.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Capello.

“I don’t like talking about referees or their officiating.

“But every time against Russia, every time they are always against Russia.

“Today we were denied another penalty, I know.

“I don’t understand why.

“I don’t know why and I also don’t understand why referees are always against us.”

Russia’s defeat meant that they failed to make history as they are yet to make it past the group stages on the world’s biggest stage.

Meanwhile, the Desert Foxes made history for themselves as they managed to go through to the second round for the very first time.

Algeria will lock horns against Germany in their Last 16 encounter on Monday.

The last time the two sides met at the World Cup was back in 1982 when the African side walked away surprise 2-1 victors. However, they suffered a big blow afterwards when they were found guilty of a match fixing scandal and as a result, were sent home.   

Monday's game will be played at the Estadio Beira in Rio de Janeiro.

Kick-off is scheduled for 22:00 (SA time).

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