Russia coach Guus Hiddink denied he was out-thought by England rival Steve McClaren in last night's 3-0 reverse.
"They are now ahead, but the decision is not made over who will qualify. We have England in Moscow next month and they still have to play Croatia.
"It's tight, but it will only be decided at the end.
"If we had been outplayed by England and we hadn't shown the intention to create chances, there would be a problem.
"In that sense, I remain positive."