Lungs to last the distance

Russian players Aleksandr Samedov (left) and Yury Gazinsky sprinting during training at the Federal Sports Centre in Novogorsk on Friday. The hard-running team have their work cut out in the round of 16 today against the 2010 winners and need to capi
Russian players Aleksandr Samedov (left) and Yury Gazinsky sprinting during training at the Federal Sports Centre in Novogorsk on Friday. The hard-running team have their work cut out in the round of 16 today against the 2010 winners and need to capitalise on any mistakes by the Spanish defence.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Russians count on superior fitness and home crowd against silky Spain

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 01, 2018, with the headline 'Lungs to last the distance'. Print Edition | Subscribe