If, before the start of the group stage, "Furia Roja" was considered to be the favorite according to several bookmakers, after three encounters its position significantly deteriorated. Not only the Portuguese, but much more modest teams – Iran and Morocco – showed the world that the former world Champions is quite possible to play on equal terms. As a result, a modest result after the group stage: five points, six goals scored and five goals conceded...
However, even such modest "achievements" was enough for Spain to reach the playoffs from the first place. So it is too early to write off the team under the leadership of Fernando Hierro from the accounts.
The world Cup hosts have managed to impress not only the followers but also visitors from all over the world. They confidently won their first two matches with joint account 8:1 and the battle with Uruguay came with the hope to win the first place in the group. But in the third match came to light several problems of the Russians. Yet they are not yet ready to fight on equal terms with a strong and skilled opponent. We can only hope for the talent Cherchesov, concentration of players and the support of the Moscow Luzhniki stadium.
Not going to praise the team – she already has the feat. Still more chances to win in this fight the Spaniards, who was warming up and I expect to reach the final. But their problems in defence and that was shown by De GEA, it is possible that Cheryshev, Dziuba and their partners will be able to tickle the nerves of the opponent. Our forecast – total over 2.5. And, most likely, both teams will score.