Arnav just remembered the point of a knockout

It isn’t news, but I realise that we’re only going to see one more game from either Russia or Spain, depending on who wins the round of 16 clash between the two.

Spain's Iago Aspas, right, scores his side's second goal past Morocco goalkeeper Monir El Kajoui, during the group B match between Spain and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

That’s unfortunate: Russia have been one of the most exciting teams to watch at this tournament, surpassing all expectations despite their sobering loss to Uruguay last night, and Spain are among the most talented squads out there. I expect whoever’s being eliminated to go out with a bang. The contest should be a great one, as Spain’s possession-based play contrasts with Russia’s direct, counterattacking football. The match isn’t till the 1st of July, and there’s plenty of football between now and then, but I’m excited already.

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Updated Date: Jun 27, 2018 13:42:36 IST

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