Russia midfielder Yuri Zhirkov said Wednesday that Russia would prefer to play Portugal in the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Russia are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage after defeating Saudi Arabia and Egypt in their first two Group A matches and could face Portugal, Spain or Iran in the last 16.
"We're all feeling great after the victory [over Egypt]. Everyone... did their best, [Sergei] Ignashevich helped [the team]... He proved that he was a top-level player. We are now preparing for our next match, we want to win. It would be better for us to play Portugal in the Round of 16," Zhirkov said.