Russia coach Guus Hiddink has criticised his players after they began their Euro 2008 campaign began with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Spain in Group D.
“If you saw the second and fourth goals – some school teams do not commit those errors,” said Hiddink.
“We were rather naive in some situations. We were given a lesson in counter-attacking.
“We were rather naive in many situations then we didn’t have any luck with hitting the bar and post,” said Hiddink.
“The lesson is that we are playing well and created some chances but we were caught out because of our naivety and then got punished.”
As a coach, Hiddink has never failed to reach the knockout stages at any major international tournament and he is confident Russia can maintain that record.
“At the end in the dressing room, I said this is a tournament of three games. I hope the team can and will react,” the Dutchman added.
“We were weak defensively – we were not streetwise – but with a young team it can happen and we hope to learn very fast.”