Russia`s Euro 2012 exit `totally deserved`, says Verheijen
Warsaw: Russia`s fitness coach Raymond Verheijen believes his side deserved to bow out of Euro 2012 after the 1-0 loss to Greece in the final Group A clash on Saturday.
The 40-year-old Verheijen was appointed fitness coach of the Russian side by his countryman Dick Advocaat after working as assistant manager for the Wales national team until February of this year. Minutes after Russia`s defeat against Greece in Warsaw`s National Stadium, he tweeted on his personal account and congratulated the two teams who went through to the quarter-finals.
"Russia out, totally deserved. In second half 80% possession but no creativity so no scoring chances. Congratulations to Greece & Czech Republic." Verheijen wrote on his Twitter account.
Adcovaat`s side saw most of the ball in the second period after conceding a goal to Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis in first-half injury time.
However, their domination and scoring opportunities were not converted into goals despite Russia tallying up five times as many shots as the Greeks over the course of the match, and the fitness coach bemoaned his side`s failure to find the back of the net.
"Football is a simple game. If you score more goals than your opponent you deserve to win, no matter the amount of possession or number of chances," Verheijen wrote.
Russia end Euro 2012 third in Group A with four points.