Former Russian national team coach tells how he fainted after Shevchenko's legendary goal

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Former Russian national team head coach Oleg Romantsev admitted that he completely "switched off" after Andriy Shevchenko's legendary goal against Alexander Filimonov in the famous Euro 2000 qualifying match. The coach of the aggressor country's national team was shocked by the Ukrainian forward's accurate strike in the 88th minute of the match, which led the Yellow and Blues to the play-offs.

Andriy Shevchenko celebrates a goal against Russia

Romantsev spoke about this in an interview with the YouTube channel Comment.Show. The former Spartak Moscow coach noted that he was in complete prostration and for some time simply could not control himself. The Russian coach was brought to his senses with the help of alcohol.

Alexander Filimonov

"You won't believe me if I tell you. I was unconscious, I don't remember anything when it happened. They say I got up and walked away. I lost consciousness, I was like a robot. And then they say that the game is not over. And I left like a dreamer. I came to in a room, they gave me cognac to smell. I came to my senses. I wanted to shoot myself or throw myself from the window. God forbid anyone to go through that," Romantsev said.

To recap: In 1999, in Moscow, the Ukrainian national team managed to snatch a 1-1 draw at the Luzhniki Stadium, which left the Russians out of the European Championship.


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