The forward of the Russian national team and the Moscow Lokomotiv Fyodor Smolov, after defeating the Cyprus team in the World Cup 2022 qualifying match, sang a song by the Russian rock band The King and the Jester in the locker room of the national team.
The press service of the Russian national team published a video in which Smolov in the locker room with a towel in his hands hums the lines “And when you suddenly find out about this, then you will understand whom you have lost” from the song “I will jump off a cliff.” Note that Smolov has repeatedly stated in interviews that this is his favorite song.
The match between the Russian national team and Cyprus took place on Thursday, November 11, at the Gazprom Arena stadium in St. Petersburg and ended with a crushing score 6: 0 in favor of Valery Karpin’s team.
Smolov scored one goal and one assist in this meeting. He took seventh place in the list of the top scorers of the Russian national team (16 goals), ahead of Dmitry Sychev (15). Only Andrey Arshavin (17), Valery Karpin (17), Roman Pavlyuchenko (21), Vladimir Beschastnykh (26), Artem Dzyuba (30) and Alexander Kerzhakov (30) scored more often than Fedor.
After 9 rounds in the table of group H the selection of the 2022 World Cup the following position: Russia – 22 points, Croatia – 20 points, Slovakia and Slovenia – 11, and Malta and Cyprus – 5. The Russian national team will play the final match of the 2022 World Cup in Group H on November 14 in Split against Croatia. In the first qualifying game for the 2022 World Cup, Valeriy Karpin’s team achieved a draw (0: 0) with the Chess players, in that match the Croatian leader Luka Modric did not take part.
Our national team in the confrontation with Croatia will be satisfied with a victory or a draw, in which case the Russians will advance to the World Cup in Qatar directly from the first place. The losing team in this pair will take second place and will play in the play-offs for the right to go to the 2022 World Cup.