Strangers on a train | On metro, Spartak adopts ‘lazy fare’ approach to team travel

I looked around and saw other players who were busy talking to fans and signing autographs. The train suddenly jerked to a halt and I almost fell—only for [Czech defender] Radoslav Kováč to hold out his hand to help me. He lost his balance himself the next time the train braked, but after he helped me, I had a chance to speak to him. He speaks very good Russian and he promised they would play well and do their best to get the much-needed three points. He also said that he liked the Moscow metro but that it was very hot during rush hour, and smiled his beautiful smile. By this time the whole coach was chanting, “Spartak! Spartak!”

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