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Izmailov: It's a serious blow

Russia winger Marat Izmailov admitted there were "a million reasons" for his side's defeat to Greece and subsequent elimination from Euro 2012, but that the country needed time to digest the result.

I'm not going to rub salt into the wound. Of course it's a serious blow. We need time to digest it properly. At the moment you could look for a million reasons - and find them. I'll just say - that's football. Such moments happen in life, and they have already happened with this team. We just need to survive this moment in as dignified manner as possible.

Sifakis enjoys 'unbelievable feeling'

Greece goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis savoured every moment in the wake of his side's odds-defying 1-0 victory over Russia in Warsaw, which ensured Greece's passage to the knock-out stages of Euro 2012.

It's an unbelievable feeling. Greece did everything to get to the quarter-finals. We played an amazing game. It's just a shame that [Giorgios] Karagounis received a second yellow card and won't play in the quarter-final.

– Michalis Sifakis

Advocaat: We played well

Russia coach Dick Advocaat was generous both in his praise of opponents Greece and his assessment of his own team after the 1-0 defeat to the Greeks in Warsaw.

We played quite well, we tried to go forward, but our opponents defended well. I think we weren't bad at all in the first half. You have to give credit to Greece - it was very hard to play against them in the second half.

– Dick Advocaat

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