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Spain vs Russia

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium – Luzhniki Stadium

Date: 1st July 2018

Kick-off time – 15:00 GMT

Spain is one of the many heavyweights who have not really impressed in this competition and it will be interesting to see how they perform against this Russian team that has been impressive so far.

Spain started their campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Portugal with Diego Costa twice pulling them back from being a goal down before they took the lead 3-2, however, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third of the night for Portugal to end the game in a draw

They beat Iran 1-0 in their next game with Diego Costa netting for them yet again.

Spain’s last game against already eliminated Morocco was a lot trickier and they almost lost it before scoring a late goal to end the game 2-2.

David de Gea is not having the best of competitions as he has conceded 6 goals in just three games and the Russians will fancy their chances of surprising La Roja here.

Russia are the lowest ranked team left in the competition and their pre-tournament form did not allow us to consider them a team that could book their place in the knockout round, so they have defied the odds to reach here.

The Russians started their campaign with a 5-0 bashing of Saudi Arabia.

They played Egypt in their next game and despite their first half ending goalless, they managed to beat the North Africans 3-1.

Their last group game was against Uruguay and they stood no chance against a side with good defence and an impressive attack – that game ended in a 3-0 loss for them.

The Russians are capable of springing surprises and with Spain’s defence not the most formidable, this game could go either way.

Spain are odds-on to progress to the quarterfinals however the hosts will have support and this should be an interesting game.

Possible starting lineups:

Spain

De Gea
Alba
Ramos
Pique
Carvajal
Koke
Busquets
Iniesta
Silva
Isco
Costa

Russia

Akinfeev
Zhirkov
Ignashevich
Kutepov
Fernandes
Gazinskiy
Zobnin
Cheryshev
Golovin
Samedov
Dzyuba

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Spain

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Spain 2-2 Morocco 25 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Iran 0-1 Spain 20 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
D Portugal 3-3 Spain 15 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Tunisia 0-1 Spain 9 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Spain 1-1 Switzerland 3 Jun, 2018 International Friendly

Russia

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Uruguay 3-0 Russia 25 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Russia 3-1 Egypt 19 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia 14 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
D Russia 1-1 Turkey 5 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L Austria 1-0 Russia 30 May, 2018 International Friendly

H2H

No previous meetings between these two sides.

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