MOSCOW (Reuters) - Spain play hosts Russia in a World Cup last-16 match at Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
Where: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
When: Sunday July 1 , 1700 local (1400 GMT/1000 ET)
Referee: To be announced
Spain took five points in Group B but finished top on goals scored, drawing 3-3 with Portugal, 2-2 with Morocco and beating Iran 1-0.
Russia were runners-up in Group A, beginning with a bang by beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Egypt 3-1 but losing 3-0 to group winners Uruguay.
Russia’s top scorer in the tournament is Denis Cheryshev on three strikes, the same number of goals as Spain’s leading marksman Diego Costa
Russia covered more distance than any other team in the first two rounds of games, running a combined 118km against Saudi Arabia and 115km against Egypt, although they dropped their intensity against Uruguay, when they had a man sent off in the first half and could only cover 98km.
Russia are playing in the round of 16 at a World Cup for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union’s best finish was reaching the 1966 semi-finals.
Spain won a first World Cup in 2010, before then they had never got beyond the quarter-finals.
Spain are unbeaten in 23 games, their last defeat coming when they lost 2-0 to Italy in the round of 16 in Euro 2016.
The winners face Croatia or Denmark in the quarter-finals.
Previous meetings: Russia have failed to beat Spain in any of their six games, with the Spaniards winning four times and two matches ending in a draw. Their last meeting was an entertaining 3-3 draw in a friendly last November, while the last competitive match was in the semi-finals of Euro 2008, which Spain won 3-0.
Reporting by Richard Martin