In the latest Russia news, head coach Stanislav Cherchesov has admitted his side face a “difficult” task to try and contain Spain in their last-16 World Cup tie.
The hosts finished second in Group A after wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt plus a defeat against Uruguay so face the winners of Group B in the first knockout stage of the tournament.
Sunday’s clash in Moscow is likely to be tough for Cherchesov’s men as they come up against one of the favourites for the World Cup overall, with Spain seasoned campaigners on the international stage.
Spain appointed Fernando Hierro as head coach on the eve of the tournament after Julen Lopetegui was sacked when it emerged he was to take the Real Madrid job, and Cherchesov says that change has affected the way they play.
However, he is still expecting a stern test when the two countries battle for a quarter-final place.
“Spain play football that is clear to us. It’s difficult to find ways to deal with it but we’ll try,” he said.
“We’ve played against Julen Lopetegui’s men and now we can see changes under Fernando Hierro. I won’t go into detail but the team plays differently.”
The winners of the tie will go up against the victors of Sunday’s other last-16 game between Denmark and Croatia, with Unibet making Spain 8/13 favourites in the 90-minute match market, while Russia are on offer at 11/2. The draw is 29/10.