All Russian hands on deck as team prepares for crucial Spain match

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Novogorsk (Russia), June 29 (IANS) Every member of the Russian national team was working hard as the hosts trained for their first round-of-16 match in the 2018 World Cup, a crucial tie with Spain.

Midfielders Aleksandr Yerokhin and Alan Dzagoev were back in the fold on Friday after missing a few training sessions due to a minor foot problem and a hamstring injury respectively, though neither is expected to play in Sunday’s match against the 2010 world champions, reports Efe.

“All players are training normally with the rest of the group,” said the team’s press chief.

Russia finished second in the Group A tables, three points behind winners Uruguay, and are to face Spain in a life-or-death match that will see either the hosts or the La Roja eliminated from the competition.

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