A victory could see Russian Federation potentially play England in the semi-finals - and then realise Muscovite Glazkova's dream of going up against five-time champions Brazil with the trophy at stake. He said: 'A special reminder for a friend in adventures and misadventures, that made us feel what we never imagined.
When the journalist persevered, Hierro said: "Statistics are there to be broken". But subsequent displays against Iran and Morocco have put a question mark against Spain's bid to repeat their 2010 World Cup triumph.
"It's about tomorrow at 5pm, that's it". Interim manager Fernando Hierro's lack of coaching experience was there for all to see when he flapped on the sidelines, throwing on Dani Carvajal and Andres Iniesta after he had dropped them from the starting line-up.
A historical victory of Russia's team over Spain is an incredible step forward for a home in the tournament.
Spain followed suit as Rodrigo replaced Asensio, and the former went closest to ending the impasse, sprinting towards goal after a clever dummy only for Akinfeev to claw his shot away before the rebound from Koke was blocked.
"I'm proud and have nothing negative to say to the whole group that has been in Russia, Hierro and all his team, the players, the coaching staff, all those who have been here".
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Spain finished first but were highly sloppy and relied on a last minute VAR decision. "If in hard matches we start handing out goals to the opposition, things are going to be hard for us, so we need to tighten up our defending".
Russia, on the other hand, have already changed people's minds.
Akinfeev's foot kept Russia's party going Sunday night, ended the global career of one of Spain's biggest stars and sealed the biggest upset of the tournament and one of the greatest in World Cup history. De Gea has not looked at ease since his howler gifted Cristiano Ronaldo a goal in Spain's opening group game. "We've given everyone a party and we believed in ourselves to the end". Now with Villarreal, he speaks Russian with a Spanish accent and plays football with Spanish flair.
Cherchesov knows his players stuck to his plan of sitting back and soaking up the Spanish attempts to break through with their once-feared tiki-taka passing game but against Croatia his team will need to also score and just Dzyuba may not be enough.
"I had to persuade them this was the only way (against Spain) as they don't like this system", said the coach, whose side also had one shot on target in two hours of football.