Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Casillas Wary of Russian Replay

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Casillas Wary of Russian Replay

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SPAIN goalkeeper Iker Casillas has warned against complacency against Russia after his penalty heroics last night earned a Euro 2008 semifinal against the team they defeated earlier in the tournament.

Casillas saved spot-kicks from Daniele de Rossi and Antonio di Natale at Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium after a stalemate against Italy, setting up a repeat of Spain's first match of the finals.

Spain won 4-1 on that occasion, but Casillas said: "We would be naive to think that because we defeated Russia 4-1 we would get to the final easily.

"We know they are a great team and have shown it against Sweden and Holland. The previous result is of no value - it is a new match."

Spain coach Luis Aragones feels Russia have a physical advantage due to a different schedule for their domestic season.

"It is the best moment for Russian football, because this is the moment of the season they are at their best," he said.

"The second half of matches is about speed and we are going to have it tough. …

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