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Raised in Madrid, Cheryshev becomes Russia's World Cup star

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Denis Cheryshev had been the odd man out in Russia's team. Now he's the breakout star, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the World Cup's top scorer.

Raised in Spain at the Real Madrid academy, he has used his slick technique and tactical awareness to score three goals as Russia won its first two games at its home World Cup.

Not bad for a man who, before the tournament, had played only 33 minutes under Russia's current coach and hadn't started an international game since 2015.

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