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UEFA Under-21 European Championship: Spain vs Russia: Live Open Thread

A live open thread for Spain's opening group stage match against Russia, as Barcelona stars, Thiago Alcantara, Cristian Tello, Marc Muniesa, Marc Bartra and Martin Montoya attempt to secure the title for a second successive time

Thiago has happy memories of this competition
Thiago has happy memories of this competition
Michael Steele

The last time Thiago took to the field in the UEFA Under-21 European Championships, he scored this goal from just inside the Switzerland half.

While I wouldn't expect anything quite as spectacular tonight, it's safe to say that Thiago is probably the best player in this competition -- closely followed by his Spanish teammates, Cristian Tello, Isco and Rodrigo. Can La Rojita kick off their title defense with a victory against Russia?


Spain (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Martin Montoya, Inigo Martinez, Marc Bartra, Alberto Moreno; Asier Illarramendi, Thiago Alcantara; Iker Muniain, Isco, Cristian Tello; Rodrigo

Russia (4-3-3): Nikolai Zabolotny; Nikita Chicherin, Taras Burlak, Maksim Belyaev, Georgi Schennikov; Sergei Petrov, Oleg Shatov, Ibragim Tsallagov; Pavel Yakolev, Shota Bibilov, Denis Cheryshev

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