Russia's national football team will achieve a better result at the next FIFA World Cup in 2022 in Qatar, the team's chief coach, Stanislav Cherchesov pledged on Sunday.
"We came to support our team as we do not think they lost", said Kristina Ladygina, waiting at the Federation Internationale de Football Association "fan fest" zone for the players to appear. "And they won a place in our hearts", she said.
Despite Saturday's defeat, Russians have been celebrating, proud of a campaign which saw their players reach the last eight after starting out as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament. "We are glad to see you".
The Blazar defeated hosts nation Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after 2-2 draw in Sochi on Saturday to set a semi-final clash with England on Wednesday.
Squares packed with red-and-white painted fans, stalls selling football jerseys and flares, and drivers blaring their horns, people hugging and singing - scenes reminiscent of 1998 are all around as the country of around four million people lives and breathes football.
"It will be hard without you (in Qatar), so (let's get) everyone there", Cherchesov proclaimed to the fans. "These guys made history and you are the best!" captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said.
The caption for the post aptly read, "Despite the fact that its team has never qualified for the Fifa World Cup, World Cup fever has taken over Bangladesh - a country with some of football's most passionate fans".