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World Cup 2018, Spain vs Russia: 5 key battles that can decide the outcome of the game

Nived Zenith
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Modified 01 Jul 2018, 11:56 IST
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#4 Artem Dzyuba vs Sergio Ramos

Dzyuba is expected to lead Russia
Dzyuba is expected to lead Russia's attack against Spain

Russia’s 6ft 5inch striker is undoubtedly a threat in the air and he will face one of the world’s best defenders in the form of Sergio Ramos at the heart of Fernando Hierro’s side. After starting the tournament in emphatic fashion, when Artem Dzyuba scored twice in the first two games, Russia’s goals dried up against a resolute Uruguay defence and the hosts cracked under their first real test.

However, the fact that Ramos and his compatriots in defence haven’t been at their usual best could inspire the Russians to try and exploit the situation on home soil, in a World Cup that has been anything but predictable. Spain are expected have the lion’s share of possession and Russia will need to utilize their set-pieces very well and that is exactly where this battle could be won or lost.

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Published 01 Jul 2018, 11:56 IST
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