The hosts Russia take on the 2010 World Cup champions Spain in their match of round of 16 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow today. A misfiring Spain progressed to the last 16 of the tournament as the Group B champions but won only one match out of 3 group stage matches. Russia on the other hand secured the second spot in Group A with 2 wins and a draw scoring 8 goals in all three group stage matches. The match is scheduled to start at 8:00 pm in Bangladesh time. Let’s look at some of the statistics ahead of the game.
1) Since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia have never beaten Spain (D2, L4).
2) However, in their most recent encounter Russia earned a 3-3 draw during a friendly in November.
3) Spain have scored 10 goals in their last three games against Russia - seven during two matches at Euro 2008, and three in November's friendly.
4) Russia have also lost to Spain three times in recent major tournaments, losing in the group stage (4-1) and semi-finals (3-0) at Euro 2008, and the group stage of Euro 2004 (1-0).
1) Since the start of the 2006 World Cup, Spain have had more than 50% possession in 32 of their 33 games at major tournaments. The only exception was in the Euro 2008 final against Germany when they had 46% of the ball.
2) This could be Andres Iniesta's 30th game at major tournaments. He would become just the third Spanish player to reach that tally after Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.
3) Iniesta has not scored in a major tournament since netting the only goal in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands, failing with 32 shots since.
4) Isco has been directly involved in 12 goals in his last 15 international matches for Spain, scoring 10 and assisting two.
5) Spain have scored in 11 of their last 12 matches in this competition, only drawing a blank against Chile in 2014.
6) La Roja have reached the World Cup quarter-finals on five previous occasions.
1) Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia have played in the knockout stage of a major tournament just once. They beat the Netherlands 3-1 (after extra time) in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 before losing 3-0 to Spain in the semi-finals.
2) The last win by either Russia or the USSR in a World Cup knockout game was the 1966 quarter-final, a 2-1 victory over Hungary.
3) Russia are ranked top for winning aerial duels at this World Cup - their tally of 67 is 23 more than any other team during the group stage.
4) The host nation have scored eight goals at this World Cup - their most at this tournament since scoring 12 as the USSR in 1986. On that occasion they went out in the last 16, bowing out 4-3 to Belgium after extra time.