July 26, 2018 / 1:22 PM / 2 months ago

Cherchesov expected to sign new two-year deal to coach Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Stanislav Cherchesov will be given a new two-year deal to stay on as Russia coach after he guided the 2018 World Cup hosts into the quarter-finals, Russia’s Football Union (RFU) said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Quarter Final - Russia vs Croatia - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - July 7, 2018 Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov gestures before extra time REUTERS/Carl Recine/File Photo

The RFU’s executive committee approved the deal at a meeting to discuss the World Cup which ended on July 15, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the union’s acting president Alexander Alayev.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 14, 2018 Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov salutes Artem Dzyuba after he scored their third goal. Maxim Shemetov: "In this picture Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov salutes his player Artyom Dzyuba just after he scored in Russia's opening match against Saudi Arabia at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium. What is great about this moment is that before the start of the World Cup, Russia's national team had not won a match for several months, and the whole country didn't believe they could get very far. Against Saudi Arabia, Dzyuba scored immediately after coming off the bench in the second half. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo SEARCH "PHOTOGRAPHERS BEST" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.

The contract will likely be signed on Friday and could be extended for another two years when it expires, lawmaker Igor Lebedev, a member of the RFU’s executive committee was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Under Cherchesov, the hosts defied expectations by reaching the quarter-finals despite being the lowest ranked team in the tournament.

They followed up group stage victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt by knocking out 2010 World Cup champions Spain in the last 16. Russia’s run was halted in the quarter-finals when they were beaten on penalties by eventual finalists Croatia.

It was Russia’s best World Cup run since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Writing by Tom Balmforth, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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