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FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia trains to face Croatia in quarterfinal


NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JULY 01: Mario Mandzukic of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Moscow: Russia’s national team trained on Wednesday at their base camp near Moscow, just days away from their highly-anticipated clash with Croatia in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Russia knocked out Spain in its last-16 match on July 1, winning the penalty shootout 4-3 after a 1-1 draw following 120 minutes of play, reports Efe.

Head coach Stanislav Cherchesov led the training, which included goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, defenders Igor Smolnikov and Mario Fernandes, midfielders Aleksandr Samedov and Denis Cheryshev and forward Artem Dzyuba, as documented by an Efe-epa journalist.

On Saturday, Russia is set to take on Croatia at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.