After a fantastic start to their World Cup, in fact the best start for any host nation in the history, Russia find themselves in a bit of tangle as they take on one of the contenders, Spain, in the round of 16 matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, 1st of July. Russia’s excellent start to their campaign received a massive blow when they lost 3-0 to Uruguay in their last group stage game. Spain too had to settle for a hard-fought draw against Morocco in their final group game. Both sides enter into the match on equal confidence, but the Russians will have the backing of a relentless crowd ready to carry them through to the quarter-final.
For the fans, especially for the local fans, this match is going to be the biggest game of the World Cup so far. With the stadium already sold out, the match is expected to be one of the most watched matches in Russia’s history. There are a handful of Spaniard fans as well in Russia and back home waiting to see their side repeat the success of 2010. Will it be hosts Russia keeping themselves alive in the tournament, or will the Spaniards do justice to their superiority? Here is the complete build up to the probable answer.
Russia beats Spain in Penalty Shootouts
Spain vs Russia Live Stream
Just one goalless draw in the group stage matches has ensured the turn up from fans to yet again be nothing short of record-breaking. With the tournament entering the knockout stages, the live stream channels are bound to remain in high demand. The Spanish fans back home will have a live stream available on Russia.tv, the website of their official broadcast. The Spanish fans will have their stream available on Mediaset’s official website. For the full list of available stream service providers, you can check FIFA’s official website.
You can read more options to watch World cup 2018 online from any Countries here.
Round of 16 Opening matches to watch
Portugal vs Uruguay on 30th June 2018
Argentina vs France match on 30th June 2018. Read more about the match here.
The third round of 16 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be played between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, 1st of July 2018, will kick start at 17:00 local time. Tickets have been sold out online with the last few lefts available only at the local counters. To check the official counter addresses, you can visit FIFA’s official website. The 81,000 capacity stadium, one of the biggest in the whole world, will play host to the semi-final as well as the big final on 15th July.
No injuries or suspensions haunt either sides as the entire squads will be available for both the managers to choose from. While Russia has had quite a goal fest in the tournament, Spain has had to rely on Diego Costa’s antiques to see themselves through to the knockouts. Here is how the two sides are expected to a lineup in the big match come Sunday.
Spain Probable XI
De Gea (GK); Nacho, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Iniesta, Busquets, Koke; David Silva, Isco, Diego Costa
Russia Probable XI
Akinfeev (GK); Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba
Russia and Spain have met six times in the past and Russia are yet to get the better of Spain even once. Their last meeting ended up in a thrilling 3-3 draw which will give some hope to the hosts.
Matches Played: 06
The has between Russia, and Spain will be one key game for all the broadcasters around the world. While the Russian fans will have to tune into Perviy Kanal to enjoy the game, the Spanish fans will have their official broadcast coming from Mediaset Espana. Elsewhere, the match will be broadcasted on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Six in India, on TSN in Canada, on FOX in America, on TyC Sports and DirecTV in Argentina, on SuperSport in South Africa, on Kwese Sports and Canal+ in the other sub-nations African countries, on Optus Sport in Australia, on Sky Pacific and Fiji TV in the Oceanic countries, and on beIN Sports in France and all other MENA Countries.
Russia have sprung some magic into the World Cup with their massive wins in the opening two games. Spain escaped unscathed even after getting some severe threat in all of their three group stage matches. Add to that the euphoric crowd that will turn up at the Luzhniki Stadium to cheer for the Russian side. David De Gea has had a nightmare of a World Cup as he has failed to make a single save so far. Despite all that, Spain is poised to end Russia’s dream run come Sunday. Our final prediction reads Spain 3-1 Russia.