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Russia coach Fabio Capello says he never thought about dropping blundering goalkeeper

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Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev looks at a ball during Russian national soccer team training session in Itu, Brazil, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Russia will play next game against Belgium in group H of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) (The Associated Press)

Russia coach Fabio Capello says he never thought about dropping Igor Akinfeev after the goalkeeper's blunder gifted South Korea a goal in their draw at the World Cup.

Capello backed him on Saturday and said he would start for Russia against Belgium on Sunday.

Capello said "I had decided after the mistake already that Akinfeev would stay because he's a great goalkeeper ... I never thought for one minute I would change him."

Akinfeev allowed a weak shot by Lee Keun-ho to slip through his hands in the Group H game before Alexander Kerzhakov rescued a 1-1 draw.

Captain Vasily Berezutsky said he had no special words for Akinfeev after the mistake: "I told him get up, let's not waste time, we need to win this back. That's all."

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