Russia-Tahiti: Quotes
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Mikhail Likhachev, Russia coach
I’m happy that we won. It was an important match, certainly not an easy one. That was especially apparent in the first and second periods, partly due to the rain but above all due to Tahiti’s solid defence. They were alert and focused without ever giving in. We didn’t play particularly well this evening. We aim to do better in the following games, keeping our focus as well as our desire to get a result."

Fabrice Marchand, Tahiti assistant coach
We still played a good match against a great team, especially in the first two periods when we gave away almost nothing to Russia. For us it was another chance to gain experience because we still have to grow further. Against Nigeria it will be like a final. We have to make a big effort, to qualify would be exceptional."