A drab affair was settled with two minutes to go when Divock Origi converted Eden Hazard’s cross to deny Russia and propel Belgium through to the knockout stages.
Having only drawn their opening Group H game against South Korea, Capello claimed his side were pushing for the win when they were caught on the counter.
He said: “Frankly I’m very happy with the performance of the team. The result is unfair but the truth is we lost. We had chances to win, it was a very good match because both teams gave it their all and tried to win. Unfortunately it was Belgium who were able to make it.
“We played a good part of the first half on the counter attack. We had very clear chances to score in the first half but we got the last pass wrong or we tried to do things too hastily. In the second half, we were the team that had great possession but Belgium are a very dangerous team.
“We tried to win the match and we were subjected to a counter, that’s all. We tried to win it.”
The introduction of attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev with seven minutes to go reflected Capello’s desire to get all three points.
“I brought on Dzagoev when I thought we would win the match. We were playing near the penalty box and I thought he would be creative and come up with the last pass,” added the former AC Milan and Real Madrid coach.
“It was not Dzagoev’s fault, however. The counter-attack happened when we were going towards the goal. We were going to win it.
“I thought it was an excellent match played at great pace and intensity. Because of that we made mistakes but so did they.”