Russian press and fans were left shocked after the national side's defeat to Slovenia in the return play-off match left them out of the FIFA World Cup.
Coach Guus Hiddink was giving nothing away regarding his future as his Russia side were denied a place at the World Cup finals by Slovenia
Slovenia's qualification for South Africa 2010 was described as a historic national moment by coach Matjaz Kek after their play-off win over Russia.
France, Portugal, Slovenia and Greece were the teams left celebrating at the end of a dramatic evening of play-off action in the European Zone.
Slovenia reached the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finals at the expense of nine-man Russia thanks to Zlatko Dedic's 44th-minute goal in Maribor.
Russia coach Guus Hiddink remains optimistic ahead of the crucial FIFA World Cup play-off against Slovenia in Maribor on Wednesday.