Spain Vs Russia was on of the spotlight games on the round of 16 decided today, the game which lasted on extra time with penalty shot out’s to conclude the epic match between defending champions and hosting country.
Spain’s continued reliance on tiki-taka has left Cesc Fabregas bemused, with the 2010 World Cup winner suggesting that pointless passing is holding La Roja back at Russia 2018.
During an era of dominance which delivered two European Championships and a global crown, pass and move was very much the order of the day.
Chelsea midfielder Fabregas formed part of those plans, alongside the creative instincts of Barcelona icons Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
Fabregas told BBC Sport after seeing Fernando Hierro’s side dominate possession during the first half of a last-16 clash with Russia but go in at half-time level at 1-1 “They’re using the ball, I’m a big fan of tiki-taka, the beautiful game, but nothing’s happening.
“We haven’t seen any danger from the Spanish team, apart from a Diego Costa header and one shot outside the box from Isco.
“There have been chances to go forward, Diego Costa’s making the runs, there have been some runs. But all they do is they turn back, they go back, and they just want possession.
“And I think it’s more possession to defend, more than attack, and it should be the opposite.”
Extracts from BBC Sports