Russia edge out Spain to enter QF

Croatia world cup win

Croatia world cup win

After all that excitement, all that drama of the first day of the round of 16 matches of the Fifa World Cup 2018, the first match of the second day served up the exact opposite - no drama, no action, nothing, just some random passing for 90 minutes, and then extra time, before it all came to life in a penalty shootout, as Russian Federation edged Spain in Moscow.

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. A penalty shoot-out is basically a lottery, and we weren't lucky.

Akinfeev's performance on the night took his team to the quarter-finals, leaving Spain captain Sergio Ramos in tears and condemning legendary midfielder Andres Iniesta to retirement.

"The football god always seemed to be turning away from us, and I think today it's like never before", Dzyuba said.

Akinfeev saved a bad Koke penalty to put Russian Federation in control and with David de Gea unable to stop any of the four kicks he faced, Aspas' effort was brilliantly blocked by the goalkeeper to spark chaotic celebrations.

The winners face Croatia or Denmark in the quarter-finals. The second half of new victories have not brought, as designated an additional 30 minutes.

Iniesta came on after an hour and combined well with other substitute Iago Aspas in the 84th minute but failed to really test Igor Akinfeev.

Spain's Sergio Ramos blows a kiss as he celebrates after Spain score the opening goal of the game, after Russia's Sergei Ignashevich scored an own goal during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, July 1, 2018. Russian Federation seemed overwhelmed by the occasion for the first time this tournament, in this their first knock-out stage match at a World Cup since Mexico 1986. 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. And frankly, had the ball not gone in, Spain might have been given a penalty for what looked like a foul.

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Russian Federation defeated Spain on penalties to earn victory after the inaugural shootout of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

Russia, ranked No.57 in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, qualified for the World Cup only because it is hosting the tournament.

De Gea made one save at the entire World Cup, and none Sunday when Artyom Dzyuba's 41st-minute penalty was Russia's only shot on target.

Iniesta also played a huge role in Spain's 2010 World Cup triumph.

Having long run out of steam and with several players cramping, Russian Federation were reduced to desperately defending in extra time.

Although Spain lacked the finishing they needed to win the game, the biggest blunder they did was relying too much on their back line and not showing the urgency of scoring another goal.

Fyodor Kudryashov will join Sergei Ignashevich and Ilya Kutepov in the center of defense, with Mario Fernandes and Yuri Zhirkov on the flanks.

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