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1 change for Russia for World Cup quarterfinals

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Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov attends a Russia official training at the 2018 soccer World Cup at Park Arena in Sochi, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018 on the eve of the quarter-final match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Russia has returned to a four-man defensive line for the World Cup quarterfinal match against Croatia in coach Stanislav Cherchesov's only lineup change.

The injured left-back Yuri Zhirkov is the only player missing from the lineup which beat Spain on penalties in the round of 16. In his place comes winger Denis Cheryshev, who scored the decisive penalty against Spain in the shootout.

That is likely to mean Fyodor Kudryashov moves to the left side of a four-man backline alongside Mario Fernandes, Sergei Ignashevich and Ilya Kutepov.

Tall striker Artyom Dzyuba remains Russia's main threat up front with support from Cheryshev and Alexander Golovin.รก

There's no return to the lineup for midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who had said he has returned to fitness after injuring himself in the opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Daler Kuzyaev, Roman Zobnin, Fyodor Kudryashov, Alexander Golovin, Alexander Samedov, Artyom Dzyuba.

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