Spain, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions have somehow luckily managed to sneak into the last 16 of the World Cup this year and have not lost a match since Euro 2016, although they have looked far from convincing in the tournament. However, they need to gear up for tonight’s Spain Vs Russia if they want to proceed further.
Spain needed a last minute equaliser from Iago Aspas in a 2-2 draw with Morocco to leave Portugal behind to gain top spot in Group B, and are battling with their defense. Hosts Russia, on the other hand, have started the tournament with a bang, demolishing Saudi Arabia 5-0 and then beating Egypt 3-1. However, the hosts were beaten 3-0 by Uruguay as they rested their key players for the Round of 16 clash.
Tonight’s Spain Vs Russia fixture will represent the seventh match between the two teams, and Spain remain unbeaten against the Russians.
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) July 1, 2018
The most recent Spain Vs Russia clash took place in November 2017, with a 3-3 draw being played out in St. Petersburg between them.
La Roja hope to get into the Quarters of the World Cup this year by beating Russia tonight, but they will need an impressive performance to get over the Russians. The Spanish campaign until now, has been short of the high standards they possess among them, with some poor performances in the 2-2 against Morocco and 3-3 draw against Portugal.
— Hassan Mohammed (@mohaz254) June 25, 2018
The Defense is constantly leaking goals and De Gea has also been poor between the sticks. The Spaniards are among the favourites to win the FIFA World Cup 2018, but we have already seen some shocking results.
Isco (Real Madrid)
The Midfielder has been one of the very few positives that we have seen in this tournament for Spain. He has been good throughout the tournament with his creative spark that he possesses with him. His goal equalised the first goal scored by Morocco in their previous match.
— BeyondThePosts (@BeyondThePosts1) July 1, 2018
A creative and stylish presence on the pitch, Isco is a skillful dribbler with a vision for pin-point pass. He needs to put a good show for his team in tonight’s Spain Vs Russia as his teammates continue to struggle. But we can see him impressing tonight against the Russians.
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Well, nothing is going well for his team at the moment, and only the experienced Iniesta has been the bright spark along with few of his team-mates. Isco and Iniesta will have to carry their team on their shoulders as others continue to find some good form.
30 – If he plays against Russia, This will be Andres Iniesta’s 30th game at major tournaments (World Cup + Euro), becoming the third Spanish player to reach that tally after Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos. Legend. pic.twitter.com/r27CfLChkl
— OptaCan (@OptaCan) July 1, 2018
Both players have been good and constantly try to barge into the defense of oppositions with their control and dribbling abilities, but it’s all void if the finishers don’t do their job. Iniesta’s creativity is very much the key for La Roja in tonight’s Spain Vs Russia.
The hosts have been very impressive so far in the tournament and have played good football, although they lost their last game against Uruguay by 3-0, who qualified for the Quarter-finals yesterday beating Cristiano Ronaldo and company.
— Newsklic (@newsklic) June 25, 2018
Russia defeated Saudi Arabia and Egypt with ease and having rested key men in their last game against Uruguay, they all will be fresh going into tonight’s Spain Vs Russia game.
Alexandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow)
The CSKA Moscow play-maker has been in rich form and has played very well recently which has led to him being linked to a move to Chelsea. He has immense talent and can single-handedly win any game with his special performances, but it won’t be easy against the Spainsh defense. But he will surely be encouraged with the fact about how Ramos and co have been performing, and has every right to believe they can put in a blazing performance.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 29, 2018
Aleksandr Golovin, a central attacking midfielder, has honed his craft by playing and is easily visible in his unique dribbling style. The CSKA player will be the key for the hosts in the Spain Vs Russia game.
Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal)
Before the first game of the World Cup 2018, Cheryshev was a surprise inclusion in the Russian squad and a substitute in their opening game against Saudi Arabia. An injury to Alan Dzagoev in their opening game was enough for Cheryshev to grab the opportunity with both hands.
Denis Cheryshev has shone for Russia at the World Cup with three goals. Today he will face the country where he has lived since he was five years old pic.twitter.com/FbXuSLV8nM
— Xinhua Sports (@XHSports) July 1, 2018
Denis Cheryshev scored two in the game against the Saudis and one goal in the next one against Egypt to leave him in contention for the Golden Boot. Russia will be hoping he and Golovin add to their tally against former champions Spain.
With Spain struggling to find form and with Russia having a good pool of talent at their disposal, the upset is on the cards. Even though others would suggest otherwise, but after the likes of Germany, Portugal, Argentina getting knocked out, I believe Spain’s World Cup run might also be ended after tonight’s Spain Vs Russia.
I go for Spain 1-2 Russia with Golovin on the score-sheet for the hosts. 🙂