Medvedev praises Marseille defender
Spain's Azpilicueta, signed from Osasuna for 7.5 million euros, deflected a cross into his own net with nine minutes left against the French champions in Wednesday's Group F opener at the Stade Velodrome.
"Spartak beat Marseille. Cesar Azpilicueta was brilliant," Medvedev said in a Twitter post.
Unlike his predecessor Vladimir Putin, a black-belt in judo who rarely paid attention to football, Medvedev has shown he follows the game and supports Russian football teams in international competition.