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Russia striker Fedor Smolov remembered about the missed penalty in the quarterfinal match of the 2018 world Cup against Croatia. Interview with the player was released in the YouTube channel of journalist and TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak.
Smolov stressed that the team didn’t practice spot kicks kicks before game with Croatia. According to 28-year-old striker, before the strike he felt uncertain. “Over time, I want to apologize for the blow to the country,” said Smolov.
He added that the manner of execution of the shot (the assailant tried to strike the ball, or to perform “kick Panenka” — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) was not a consequence of his desire to stand out. Smolov stressed that the proper execution of the techniques he would have converted the penalty.
On 7 July, the Russian team lost to the team of Croatia in the penalty shoot-out. Regulation time and two extra time ended in a draw (2:2). Smolov remembered the words of American basketball player Michael Jordan. In the original quote American stresses that his success is a series of constant errors and mistakes.
Video, photo All from Russia.