We’re realists. We’re not favourites to win the World Cup, but we want to get out of the group and we’re playing at home. We want to prove to everyone, and most of all to ourselves, that we can play football, so that the country can be proud of us.”
Russian striker Artyom Dzyuba, on the hopes of the host team, according to Skysports.com, ahead of Thursday’s opening match against Saudi Arabia. The Russians, who are favored in this match, are ranked 70th in the world and Saudi Arabia 67th.