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Alves: Portugal the Better Side in Russia Win

22:10 12/10/2012
MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: World Cup qualifier, Alexander Kerzhakov, Bruno Alves, Russia, Portugal

Portugal were the better team and were unfortunate to lose to Russia in their World Cup qualifying defeat in Moscow on Friday, defender Bruno Alves has said.

The visitors dominated possession but Alexander Kerzhakov's early goal decided the match and put Russia top of Group F, three points clear of second-placed Portugal.

"It was a good game. Portugal dominated most parts of the game and Russia just scored from the counter-attack," Alves said.

"Sometimes the better team doesn't win and today it was about this."

Alves joked that he now dreaded his return to his many Russian teammates at Zenit St. Petersburg.

"The guys will speak against me because of this victory," he said.

Portugal must play better to beat Northern Ireland in their next match on Tuesday.

"I think it will be a strong game with a difficult opponent, but I think we can improve out football and win this game," he said.

Alves has 55 caps for Portugal and has played for Zenit since 2010.

 

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