Spain’s head coach Fernando Hierro reacts after the penalty shootout defeat to Russia in the  World Cup round of 16 match in Moscow. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales insists he has no regrets over the decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World (...)

Igor Akinfeev saves from Iago Aspas. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Spain 1 Russia 1 (aet, Russia won 4-3 on penalties) When the moment came, nerves taking hold of the Luzhniki Stadium, 144 million Russians and so man(...)

Spain and Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty

Sunday July 1st, Spain v Russia (Luzhniki Stadium, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC) A World Cup last-16 match between Spain and Russia would have seemed like a woefu(...)

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah during training on the eve of the Group A match against Russia in St Petersburg. Photograph: AP Photo

Russia got their World Cup campaign off to a dream start with a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia but face an entirely different beast in the form of Egypt(...)

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck scores during the  Europa League quarter-final second leg against  CSKA Moscow at the  VEB Arena. Photograph:  Grigory Dukor/Reuters

CSKA Moscow 2 Arsenal 2 (Arsenal win 6-3 on aggregate) Arsenal being Arsenal, it was never going to be straightforward. For much of the evening Arsèn(...)

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey scores their third goal. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Arsenal 4 CSKA Moscow 1 Aaron Ramsey timed the run to perfection but what he produced next would go down as the defining image of an enjoyably serene(...)

Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min celebrate Tottenham’s winner in Moscow. Photograph: Reuters

CSKA Moscow 0 Tottenham Hostpur 1 There is a quirky design feature at CSKA Moscow’s new stadium. In one of the corners, there is a skyscraper in th(...)

Aaron Ramsey is congratulated by  Wales team-mate James Chester  after opening the scoring in the Euro 2016 Group B game against Russia at  Stadium Municipal in Toulouse. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Russia 0 Wales 3 “Don’t take me home, please don’t take me home,” sang the Wales supporters on an evening when there was never any danger that Chris (...)

Man City captain Vincent Kompany and  Roman Eremenko of CSKA Moscow fight at Arena Khimki in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA

Vincent Kompany has angrily asked “why the hell” Manchester City fans were not at Tuesday evening’s 2-2 Champions League draw with CSKA Moscow after t(...)

Russia’s coach Fabio Capello during his side’s forgettable 1-1 draw against South Korea.

It is usually Russian gymnasts that we associate with parallels, but right now it is the country’s manager, Fabio Capello. Feted by his adopted public(...)

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