It tells you everything you need to know about Kirill Romanov: when he ended his conversation with FIFA.com and scored the winning goal to defeat reigning champions Brazil 4-3 in the quarter-finals, he wanted a story to be written about it It’s about the team performance of Russia and not just about him.
The mood in the Russian team was understandably high. In front of her locker room, two players helped translate the interview with Romanov. First, it was goalkeeper Pavel Bazhenov who raised his flip-flop toward Romanov’s face to mimic a microphone, and then Fedor Zemskov tried to translate nicely before the team’s spokesman came to his aid.
“I’m overwhelmed with emotion,” Romanov said with trembling hands. “It was a very good game and I am more satisfied with the performance than with the result. It was a brilliant game. “
Romanov, who turns thirty at the beginning of next year, scored his first two goals at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019 in the shock victory.
Russia vs Brazil 2019
“The main objective was to get as close as possible to the Brazilian players and not give them an inch of freedom.”
Russia only met Brazil last month in the final of the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019, where they lost 9: 3, and underlines the shock value of today’s result.
“After losing to Brazil we were able to analyze their tactics well,” said Romanov. “We still remember our defeat in Qatar and they are current World Champions, this is a big step forward and we should not stop.”
There was also a case of Deja Vu in the game. Romanov, a member of the Russian team that won the Beach Soccer World Cup in 2013, scored a 6-5 victory against Brazil in Russia following extra time in the quarter-finals of 2015.
Russia vs Brazil 2015
Both goals in Asuncion were very special: the first kick on the bike rounded off a great team move, the second a skillful shot that defeated Brazilian goalkeeper Rafa Padilha.
“[The winner] was a godsend after Dmitry Shishin’s shot. I did not have much to do, I just had to redirect it a bit. Again, a modest interpretation of what a wonderful piece of improvisation was, Romanov went on to say that he had never scored such a goal before.
And asked if he had prepared differently than the others for this World Cup, his reaction was consistent. “No, nothing special, and you should not mention me alone, everyone has done something to achieve that.”