Russian Federation beat Spain to win in shootout

02 July, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Spain goalkeeper David de Gea

Earlier on Sunday, Russia defeated Spain 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will face the victor in the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark that is to be played later in the day in Nizhny Novgorod.

But it wasn't enough as Koke and Iago Aspas were denied by Akinfeev from the spot.

Spain, buoyed by their breakthrough, were beginning to dominate possession with Russian Federation struggling to find a foothold, but the hosts were briefly boosted when an Dzyuba header from a long free kick caused confusion before Spain whacked it clear.

It is unclear if interim coach Fernando Hierro will continue in a job he did not seek before Julen Lopetegui was sent home.

Russian Federation have eliminated 2010 World Cup winners Spain in the tournament's first penalty shootout to secure a spot in the last eight of the competition.

He will forever be remembered for the most important goal in Spain's history to win the World Cup eight years ago, but Andres Iniesta's worldwide career ended in sad fashion among delirium for the hosts in Moscow.

Russia fans react after Russia won the penalty shoot-out during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the World Cup.

Russian Federation fans react as they watch a live telecast of their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Spain at the Fifa Fans Fest in Saint Peterbsurg on July 1, 2018.

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"Thank God, we were lucky, that's it", said the keeper, who like his counterpart at the other end, David de Gea, had very little to break sweat over for the preceding 120 minutes.

But Stanislav Cherchesov's Russian Federation, gathering strength from its fans in the capital city, ensured a gladiatorial battle to wrest an unbelievable win against one of the tournament favourites Spain.

Spain had managed a shutout in each knockout game of their victorious 2010 campaign, including extra-time in the final, and that sequence was broken by Artem Dzyuba's penalty conversion.

The Russia goalkeeper was again involved early in the second half, flying to his left to pluck a spinning Jordi Alba effort from the air.

However, Iniesta's effort was parried away by Igor Akinfeev and extra time was called in Moscow.

Spain join Germany, Argentina and Portugal as the fancied teams eliminated.

The 32-year-old Spaniard - who won the World Cup in 2010 - posted on social media late on Sunday night.

But the Spaniards just seem to revert to their pre-2008 frustrating selves - full of ability but no end product as they kept up a weird record of nine losses to World Cup and European Championship hosts since 1934. "But any team can hurt another and we'll certainly do our best". While Russia arrived at the finals win-less in eight months before finding some badly-needed form, one of their better results in that period came in a 3-3 draw with Spain last November. That was his last significant action as Spain's final throw of the dice saw Asensio replaced by Rodrigo.

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