“Do I want to play against Spain in the knockout stage? There will be no easy opponents for Russia in the Round of 16. We will try and make sure our country can continue celebrating,” Cheryshev said after the game. We need to think about the next game and not get too excited. We need to aim to beat Uruguay,” Cheryshev added.
Герой @Cheryshev #WorldCupRussia2018 pic.twitter.com/73o5fRYbr0— Михаил Биюн (@bioun) 19 июня 2018 г.
Meanwhile, Ex-National team's head coach Boris Ignatyev told Sputnik on Tuesday night that forward Denis Cheryshev gave Russia “aggression", which was noticeable during the game against Egypt.
"We lacked players with the speed and dynamism that Cheryshev has. He played on the flank… He gave the team a lot of aggression. Cheryshev is a… player who doesn't fear anything and forces the opponent to make mistakes with his constant pressure. He and Aleksandr Golovin give so much to the team, although I would like to say the whole midfield played well today," Ignatyev said.
He also added that the team had become more "mature" due to defender Sergei Ignashevich being called-up.
Moreover, forward Artem Dzyuba praised his teammate’s performance and the collective winning spirit.
A massive goal for @TeamRussia in their quest to reach the knock-out stages! #RUSEGY pic.twitter.com/xYfGH1Tx61— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) 19 июня 2018 г.
Dzyuba added he would like to test his strength against Uruguay forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
“We will look to play our own game and we will be playing as a team. Cavani and Suarez are unbelievable, but we want to test our strength,” the forward said.
The former player of the Soviet Union's football team Sergey Rodionov and now FC Spartak Moscow General Director told Sputnik Tuesday night that the Russian national football team's coaching staff had done a huge job while preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Moment of the Day 👀— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) 19 июня 2018 г.
When Artem Dzyuba netted @TeamRussia's third against #EGY in Saint Petersburg 🇷🇺
🎥 Highlights 👉 https://t.co/LOdKDX2Cwn
📺 TV listings 👉 https://t.co/xliHcxWvEO pic.twitter.com/GMbDaxZ8wn
He added that he wished Russia further success.
"I want the team to secure a good result in the final [group stage] game against Uruguay and reach playoffs in a good mood," Rodionov said.
Russia will face Uruguay on Monday, June 25 in their final group stage encounter.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.