Russia are without Igor Smolnikov due to suspension, which has forced
Cherchesov to shuffle his formation for the contest. Fernandes comes
into the side to replace Smolnikov, starting at wing-back. Zhirkov is
also recalled to start on the left flank, allowing Russia to play with a
back three. Kuzyaev and Golovin return in the midfield, while Dzuyba
leads the line. Cheryshev, Gazinskiy and Aleksey Miranchuk all drop to
the bench.

Hierro makes the biggest call of his tenure to date as he drops Iniesta
for the contest. Iniesta created Isco’s goal against Morocco with a
weaving run down the left. However, Hierro has replaced the veteran
with Asensio down the left flank. Nacho comes into the side to replace
Carvajal at right-back, while Koke is preferred to Thiago in the centre of
midfield in the other two changes from Spain’s draw last time out.

Russia subs: Andrey Semenov, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinskiy, Alan
Dzagoev, Fedor Smolov, Andrey Lunev, Vladimir Granat, Aleksey
Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Vladimir Gabulov, Aleksandr Erokhin.

RUSSIA (3-4-2-1): Igor Akinfeev; Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich,
Fedor Kudryashov; Mario Fernandes; Daler Kuzyaev, Roman Zubnin;
Yuri Zhirkov; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin; Artem Dzyuba.

Spain subs: Daniel Carvajal, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo
Moreno, Thiago Alcantara, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Odriozola, Kepa
Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Iago Aspas, Pepe
Reina.

SPAIN (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique,
Jordi Alba; Koke, Sergio Busquets; David Silva, Isco, Marco Asensio;
Diego Costa.

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