Hosts Russia face 2010 World Cup winners Spain in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup at their national stadium in Moscow.

footballexpert.com verdict: A last-gasp draw with Morocco after a narrow win against Iran is hardly the form of potential World Cup champions, but Spain have overcome the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament to top Group B – an important result as it has afforded them a more favourable draw. Hosts Russia are Spain’s next hurdle but, despite them starting impressively with two wins from two, they should not pose a problem against a team they have not beaten since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

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