World Cup 2018 – Spain v Russia LIVE score: Latest updates from Moscow

World Cup 2018 – Spain 0-0 Russia LIVE score: Latest updates as hosts come up against 2010 champions in search of a place in the quarter-finals

  • Spain and Russia come to blows in Moscow for place in the World Cup last eight
  • Spain: De Gea; Nacho, Pique, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Koke, Busquets; Silva, Isco, Asensio; Costa 
  • Substitutes: Arrizabalaga (GK), Reina (GK); Carvajal, Iniesta, Saul, Rodrigo, Thiago, Lucas, Odriozola, Azpilicueta, Monreal, Aspas 
  • Russia: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kudryashov, Kutepov, Ignasevich, Zhirkov; Samedov, Kuzyaev, Golovin, Zobnin; Dzyuba 
  • Substitutes: Lunev (GK), Gabulov (GK); Semenov, Cheryshev, Gazinskii, Dzagoev, Smolov, Granat, AL Miranchuk, AN Miranchuk, Erokhin 
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Spain and Russia go head-to-head on Sunday afternoon as they look to book a place in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

Hosts Russia were unfancied when the tournament began but flew through as runners-up in Group A, while one win and two draws was enough for Spain to win Group B ahead of Portugal. 

The winner of this tie will face either Croatia or Denmark in the last eight, with those two coming together on Sunday evening in Nizhny Novgorod.

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Spain have already set up camp inside the Russian half, with Gerard Pique forward and Sergio Ramos playing 40-yard diagonal passes to the flanks 

David Silva, though, was robbed off the ball by Artem Dzyuba in the midfield but he cannot quite feed Golovin to set Russia into the clear.

The crowd comes to life as Aleksandr Golovin breaks well down the right having won it ahead of Sergio Ramos. There’s nobody in support in the middle but he wins a corner. Spain manage to clear the set-piece without too many problems.

Spain getting a feel for the ball early on, dominating the early possession. Will Russia sit in and hope to sting Spain on the counter-attack or possibly from a set-piece? 

The Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers, taking charge of his third match at this World Cup, competes the pre-match formalities.

A reminder that Kuipers was the official who overturned his decision to award Neymar a penalty during their game with Costa Rica. So he’s certainly not afraid to use the VAR technology.

A warm and sunny afternoon in Moscow and Spain will get us started. They’re in their usual red and blue colours, Russia in white today.




The Spanish fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium are, naturally, vastly outnumbered by locals but they are adding a nice splash of colour as the players line up for their national anthem.

Andres Iniesta, meanwhile, takes a rather unfamiliar positions on the bench. One of three changes in the Spanish side from their game with Morocco.

The Russian anthem certainly has the hairs standing on end – magnificent rendition. But is this where their World Cup adventure ends? 

We’re about to find out. 

Are you ready for another day of World Cup knockout action? I know you are.

The teams of Spain and Russia walking out at the Luzhniki Stadium and, as you’d imagine, a terrific atmosphere in Moscow.

Momentum and enthusiasm has grown behind the host nation as the tournament has progressed. Many thought they’d not get past the group stage, but here they are taking on Spain in the last-16.

The now familiar strains of Seven Nation Army boom out as the sides come out. 


Spain: De Gea; Nacho, Pique, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Koke, Busquets; Silva, Isco, Asensio; Costa

Substitutes: Arrizabalaga (GK), Reina (GK); Carvajal, Iniesta, Saul, Rodrigo, Thiago, Lucas, Odriozola, Azpilicueta, Monreal, Aspas

Russia: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kudryashov, Kutepov, Ignasevich, Zhirkov; Samedov, Kuzyaev, Golovin, Zobnin; Dzyuba

Substitutes: Lunev (GK), Gabulov (GK); Semenov, Cheryshev, Gazinskii, Dzagoev, Smolov, Granat, AL Miranchuk, AN Miranchuk, Erokhin

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

What on earth is Ramos doing? 



Grab your cheesy Wotsits and your vuvuzelas…





Russian star Cheryshev denies taking ‘growth hormones’

In the build up to one of Russia’s biggest games in recent history – a last-16 World Cup tie with Spain – the spotlight has been on surprise star Denis Cheryshev, rather than their shock run to the knockout rounds.

Cheryshev has been forced to deny that he used banned substances prior to the World Cup after his own father was reported as saying he had been injected with ‘growth hormones’.

The punishment for using a growth hormone without medical exemption is a ban of up to four years and Cheryshev is now at the centre of the Russian doping saga that continues to rumble on.

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And what a magnificent stage it is! The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow is Russia’s largest and most famous arena.

It will stage a total of seven matches during this tournament, including the final on July 15.

You can guarantee it will be packed to its 78,011 capacity this afternoon with the host nation involved.





De Gea; Nacho, Pique, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Koke, Busquets; Silva, Isco, Asensio; Costa

Substitutes: Arrizabalaga (GK), Reina (GK); Carvajal, Iniesta, Saul, Rodrigo, Thiago, Lucas, Odriozola, Azpilicueta, Monreal, Aspas

The big news you’ll notice there is that Andres Iniesta has been dropped, with Asensio coming in. 

Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kudryashov, Kutepov, Ignasevich, Zhirkov; Samedov, Kuzyaev, Golovin, Zobnin; Dzyuba

Substitutes: Lunev (GK), Gabulov (GK); Semenov, Cheryshev, Gazinskii, Dzagoev, Smolov, Granat, AL Miranchuk, AN Miranchuk, Erokhin



PREVIEW: Is shining Silva losing his gloss?

Ian Ladyman in Moscow: Anybody who watched David Silva weave his way through an imperious Manchester City season will no doubt find it strange that he arrived in Moscow on Saturday carrying much of the criticism for Spain’s modest progress through the group stages of the World Cup on his shoulders.

Silva was magnificent for City last season as they won the Premier League, his third title at the club. Kevin De Bruyne may have been City’s player of the year but Silva remains their most consistent and gifted individual.

In Spain, the 32-year-old is held in high regard too and maybe that is why players like himself and Andres Iniesta have been targeted by critics at home since the team began their tournament with a 3-3 draw with Portugal.

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The G.O.A.T.s are gone: Messi and Ronaldo heading home

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were dumped out of the World Cup on Tuesday as the first day of knockout football in Russia saw the game’s two greatest players crash out, perhaps never to return to football’s biggest stage.

Messi’s Argentina were blown away in the afternoon by France in Kazan while four hours later and 1400 miles further south, Ronaldo’s Portugal fell to Uruguay.

Here Sportsmail examines which player performed better amid the disappointment in what is likely to be their last World Cups, at least while at the peak of their powers.

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Lost track of the World Cup madness? Here’s where we are right now…

ROUND OF 16

SATURDAY

France 4 Argentina 3

Uruguay 2 Portugal 1

TODAY

Spain vs Russia (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow at 3pm UK time)

Croatia vs Denmark (Nizhny Novgorod at 7pm)

TOMORROW

Brazil vs Mexico (Samara at 3pm)

Belgium vs Japan (Rostov at 7pm)

TUESDAY

Sweden vs Switzerland (Saint-Petersburg at 3pm)

Colombia vs England (Spartak Stadium, Moscow at 7pm)


Wow. What a sensational start to the World Cup last-16 we had yesterday.

France and Argentina served up a seven-goal tournament classic which resulted in Lionel Messi heading home and a new star being born in Kylian Mbappe. 

Then the other GOAT, Cristiano Ronaldo, and his Portugal colleagues were sent packing by an inspired Uruguay as Edinson Cavani struck twice.

Let’s hope for more drama today, with two mouth-watering ties coming your way.

First, from the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, it’s the host nation Russia, who have surprised everyone by even getting this far, taking on the 2010 champions Spain. 

Can the hosts create the mother of all upsets? Or will Spain shrug off their pre-tournament turmoil and make it into the last eight? 

Then, this evening in Nizhny Novgorod, the meeting of Croatia, so impressive in the group stage, especially their classy dismantling of Argentina, up against Denmark, a miserly defence who conceded just once in their three matches.

It promises to be another fascinating day of knockout action and you won’t miss a kick here. Spain vs Russia gets underway at 3pm UK time, Croatia vs Denmark follows at 7pm.

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