Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarters

Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarters

Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarters

Akinfeev dived right on Iago Aspas' kick and with his trailing left leg booted the ball to safety.

The team news for the Round of 16 World Cup class between Spain and Russian Federation has just been announced.

Koke had his penalty saved early in the shootout, giving Russian Federation the advantage, and then Igor Akinfeev saved Iago Aspas' spot kick with his foot to send his side into the last eight and send Spain home from the tournament. Russia, in turn, the next stage will play the victor of Croatia - Denmark.

"For us tomorrow has to be a party, especially for the fans at large", he said. "We are playing at home, but the team is relaxed and we're very much ready to do a good job".

Spain joined fellow heavyweights Germany and Argentina in making a premature exit, raising questions as to the wisdom of sacking Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition. Spain's then-coach, Julen Lopetegui, was sacked two days before this year's World Cup after agreeing to take the Real Madrid job, and Fernando Hierro stepped in to take charge. Aspas' penalty kick is saved and the hosts are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Four years ago in Brazil, Geiger worked Chile's 2-0 win over Spain and Colombia's 3-0 victory against Greece in the group stage, and France's 2-0 win over Nigeria in the round of 16. The Atletico Madrid midfielder lifted his shirt over his eyes in dismay.

De Gea got a hand to Russia's first penalty from Fedor Smolov, but proved unable to keep it out.

After the match, hero-goalkeeper Akinfeev said Russia's game plan all along had been to hold on for a penalty shootout. A penalty shoot-out is basically a lottery, and we weren't lucky.

It gave Russian Federation its greatest win for 10 years, since Akinfeev was in goal for an extra-time victory over the Netherlands in a European Championship quarterfinal. Spain are now ranked No.10. Turmoil erupted two days before the opening game, when the federation fired the head coach.

Sunday's defeat ended Andres Iniesta's Spain career.


Statement of head coach Stanislav Cherchesov that "Anyone can be a god if he tries" and the Russians can overcome Spain was burned down.

Akinfeev had already made a string of fine saves as Russian Federation held on to force extra-time and spot-kicks.

The score was tied after 120 minutes of regulation and extra-time, with both goals also from set pieces.

Though Spain completed a World Cup game record of 1,029 passes, it rarely threatened Akinfeev's goal.

Sergei Ignashevich's own goal at a free kick gave Spain the lead in the 12th minute but Artyom Dzyuba leveled with a penalty in the 41st after Gerard Pique handled the ball. The 38-year-old defender diverted a crossed ball into the net with his heel.

But some counter-attacking from Russian Federation late in the half gave paid off, as a Russian Federation corner turned into a penalty thanks to Gerard Pique's flailing arm catching the ball in the air.

Dzyuba hit the spot-kick low and hard past David de Gea and immediately raced toward the corner flag to salute crowd.

With the 2018 World Cup, perhaps that time has finally come. "We screwed ourselves because we didn't manage to make that extra step". "We can always win, and that's what we have to think and believe".

King Felipe VI of Spain was at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Russia's defence-first approach echoed the Iceland team which beat England at EURO 2016 or the Greeks who won the European title in 2004.

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