Russia Defeats Spain in Shootout at World Cup

Russia Defeats Spain in Shootout at World Cup

President Vladimir Putin told Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov nobody was going to judge his team if they lost to Spain in the World Cup last 16 on Sunday - a match they improbably won.

Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov believes the World Cup hosts' shock victory over title contenders Spain on penalites following a 1-1 draw in the last 16 on Sunday "is only the beginning".

The fairy tale run of Russian Federation at the 2018 World Cup continued Sunday as the hosts held their nerve to beat Spain to a ticket to the quarterfinals of the competition.

Veteran Russia centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned into his own net after grappling with Sergio Ramos. "Sometimes the end is not as you dreamed it". The king is a soccer fan who, as crown prince, attended the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg to see Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0. Though Spain completed a World Cup game record of 1,029 passes, it rarely threatened Akinfeev's goal.

Later in the day, Croatia and Denmark's last-16 clash also went all the way to penalties, with the former emerging victorious after a 3-2 win in the shootout.

"In 2008, 2010 and 2012 we had the players we had and we played in a style no-one had before", Hierro said when asked about those great tournament-winning Spain teams and what had changed since then. Germany, Argentina and now Spain - seven World Cups between them - are out and there is a chance for someone new to contest the final on July 15.

Akinfeev used his trailing left foot to kick the ball high away from the goal on Spain's last attempt by Aspas.

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La Furia Roja made a bright start to the second half, with Jordi Alba forcing a sharp save out of Akinfeev from inside the box in the 47th minute, while Costa failed to keep his header down from a free-kick four minutes later.

However, Koke' s penalty was saved by Akinfeev before Aleksandr Golovin fired the hosts ahead 3-2.

World Cup history was made with the first use of a fourth substitute, which Federation Internationale de Football Association now allows teams to have one more sub in extra time.

Besides the penalty kicks in the shootout, there were only a total of seven shots on target at his goal through the tournament, and he conceded goals to six of them, including three to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The excitement of the first half dissipated soon after the restart as the game fell into a rather boring rhythm of Spain dominating possession without truly threatening.

Indeed, while the playmaker may be past his prime, in a mixed tournament for Spain he had been one of their stronger performers during the group stage.

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