Tiki-taxi for Spain as style becomes vice against Russia’s rearguard | Barney Ronay

Finesse was no match for the World Cup hosts’ tenacity in their Moscow last?16 showdown

Tiki-taxi for Spain. On a slow-burn, increasingly wild afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium the outstanding team of the age produced a quietly extraordinary performance, exiting the World Cup with surely the most statistically dominant losing game ever mustered up.

At the end Spain’s players sat drained in the centre circle, ranged like red pegs in the same static formation that had seen them pass and move and pass and pass their way through the previous 120 minutes.

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