Russia Upsets Spain In Penalty Shootout

Russia Upsets Spain In Penalty Shootout

Now 2010 champions Spain have followed these favourites out of the World Cup revolving door after they were stunned by hosts Russian Federation in the last 16 in front of 78,011 fans at the Luzhniki Stadium yesterday.

The 1-1 draw (4-3 in PKs) marks the first time Russian Federation has reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup since 1970, when it was known as the Soviet Union. "I'm proud and have nothing negative to say to the whole group that has been in Russia, Hierro and all his team, the players, the coaching staff, all those who have been here".

Spain failed to create any clear cut chances in the second half and extra-time, and when veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made two excellent shoot-out saves the home nation went into jubilation.

Naturally, the world was shocked by this upset, with some of the best reactions coming at Spain's expense.

Russian Federation will now face the winners of Croatia v Denmark in the quarter-final with the winners of that match potentially facing a semi-final showdown with England.

Ramos hasn't ruled out another World Cup with Spain in Qatar.

His place in Roja folklore was assured in 2010 upon hitting the winning goal in the World Cup final against Netherlands, while he also lifted European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012.

This will be the sixth World Cup match for the 43-year-old former math teacher from Beachwood, New Jersey, and the third at this tournament.

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"This is a great victory for us, for the whole country, the soul of the country", Mikhail Sitner, 34, from Moscow, said.

Akinfeev kept out efforts by Koke and Iago Aspas as the 2010 champions - unbeaten in their previous 23 games - became the latest big-name casualty to exit the tournament after Germany, Argentina and Portugal.

Spanish midfielder Andreas Iniesta thanks the crowd after the game.

Discussing his global future in January, Pique said: "Yes, I will leave the national team after the World Cup".

"A wonderful period has come to an end".

"Incredible. The last 10 minutes of the match I lost 10 years of my life but in the end, we are through to the quarterfinal".

"This morning I was very nervous, but now it is time to celebrate". "Whenever you are knocked out of a World Cup, it is very painful".

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