Russia Pulls Off Huge Upset, Knocks Out Spain In 2018 World Cup

Russia Pulls Off Huge Upset, Knocks Out Spain In 2018 World Cup”

The penalty shootout ended at 4-3, as Russian Federation qualified for the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since the breakdown of the Soviet Union.

Akinfeev, who started his professional career by saving a spot kick in his first ever match, then kicked Aspas' penalty high and wide to trigger wild celebrations.

"We felt tremendous support".

Left back Yuri Zhirkov "has, I fear, played his last game at the tournament" with a knee injury, Cherchesov said.

Just as he did after Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the group stage, President Vladimir Putin called Cherchesov to congratulate the team on reaching the quarter-finals, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

"At that time, Spanish teams were favourites, but as we say in Russian Federation, anyone can be god if he tries to", he said.

Akinfeev came to the rescue again to deny Rodrigo after his fine sprint in the second half of extra time before becoming a national hero by saving the two spot kicks to send the hosts into the last eight.

In contrast, Russian Federation has completed the same number of passes - 1,029 - in four matches at the World Cup.

"The Spanish squad is a very outstanding team, which play in a total control of the ball", Samedov said. Artem Dzyuba equalised with a penalty shortly before half-time after Spain defender Gerard Pique was punished for a handball. We are leaving this World Cup without losing a single match, and that is a fact.

The World Cup's lowest-ranked team now advances a quarterfinal against Croatia or Denmark in Sochi on Sunday.

The second half saw no change even though Cherchesov appeared to get a little more adventurous by bringing on three-goal scorer Cheryshev on the hour. A penalty shoot-out is basically a lottery, and we weren't lucky.

These changes said much about the two teams' ambitions at this point: Russian Federation hanging on for penalties, Spain cursing themselves for still being out there.

Spain took the lead on 12 minutes when Marco Asensio's free-kick into the penalty area was diverted into his own net by the heel of Sergey Ignashevich as he grappled with Sergio Ramos.

He then roared on his teammates from the substitute's bench as they kept the 120-minute match deadlocked before claiming the penalty shootout 4-3 against their heavily favoured opponents.

Spain made 1,137 passes and completed 1,029, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

It was the classic "tiki-taka" style that led to a World Cup title in 2010, bookended by a pair of European Championships.

The 120 minutes of football in this match will, in the future, be prescribed as the ideal medicine for insomniacs, with Spain having pretty much all of the ball, but with no end product.

Dzyuba duly sent David de Gea the wrong way with a penalty for his third goal of the tournament.

Both sides took advantage of the new rule allowing a fourth sub in extra-time, Russian Federation introducing Aleksandr Erokhin while Spain brought on Rodrigo. And then Igor Akinfeev denied Koke to give Russian Federation the advantage.

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