In the latest Russia news, Aleksandr Yerokhin says the World Cup hosts do not fear last-16 opponents Spain and will be doing everything possible to progress to the quarter-finals.
Russia kicked off the World Cup in style with a 5-0 hammering of Saudi Arabia and that performance was followed up with a 3-1 victory over Egypt, securing their place in the next round with a game to spare.
The Golden Eagles were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay last time out and will now take on 2010 champions Spain, who managed to top Group B, in the last 16.
La Furia Roja have not been at their fluent best so far and interim head coach Fernando Hierro, who was placed in temporary a few days before the major event started, still appears to be finding out his best starting XI.
Spain and Russia played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in a friendly in November last year and Sunday’s contest at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will be the seventh meeting between the two nations.
Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Yerokhin, who is yet to feature in the World Cup so far due to injury, says his side have nothing to fear.
He told reporters: “We are not afraid of Spain. We faced them not so long ago, we are preparing, we feel strong. We focus on the opponents’ strengths, we are getting ready for the match in terms of our tactics.”