Stanislav Cherchesov: my tactical strategy was key to toppling Spain

• Russia manager believes bespoke gameplan enabled shock win
• ‘It has never been this way that so many favourites go out’

Stanislav Cherchesov said his plan to nullify Spain had worked to perfection after Russia beat the 2010 champions to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The hosts’ surprise victory on penalties followed a gritty defensive performance that their coach revealed he had devised in response to the threat posed by Spain.

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