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Players make me proud - Hiddink

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Hiddink says his young side have been very quick in learning

Russia coach Guus Hiddink said his team are a joy to work with after their superb win over Sweden secured a quarter-final against the Netherlands.

The eye-catching 2-0 victory meant that Russia have made the knockout phase of a major tournament for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

"This is a huge win for a side still under construction, with lots of young players and some experienced," he said.

"It gives me real pleasure to work with them. The youngsters have learnt lots."

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Dutch-born Hiddink, who took the Netherlands to the 1998 World Cup semi-finals and then South Korea to the 2002 World Cup semi-finals, immediately looked to the next challenge after goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin saw them through.

"We're very proud of what the team have achieved in this tournament," he said. "But that's not enough.

"The next goal are the Dutch. Our problem is we only have two days to recuperate.

"I don't have 20 A-players. Holland used their B-team last night against Romania. Their A-team have had five or six days to recover."

Russia's quarter-final against the Dutch takes place in Basel on Saturday night.


Group D
18 June 2008 21:40
    P GD PTS
1 Spain 3 5 9
2 Russia 3 0 6
3 Sweden 3 -1 3
4 Greece 3 -4 0

see also
Russia 2-0 Sweden
18 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Arshavin is Premier League class
18 Jun 08 |  Football
Euro 2008 day 12 as it happened
18 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Group D photos
18 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Russia team guide
15 May 08 |  Russia
Sweden team guide
15 May 08 |  Sweden


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