Russian Federation stun Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

02 July, 2018, 06:58 | Author: Eloise Houston
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Possession football appears to be a relic, ready for a display case in football's version of the Hermitage museum.

Iniesta said he had no complaints about being left on the bench by coach Fernando Hierro, before being brought on during the second half.

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

De Gea - for who United often use the social media hashtag #DaveSaves - went into the tournament regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world but heads home having faced 11 shots on target - including the Russian Federation shoot-out - and only able to save one.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saves the last penalty shot by Spain's Iago Aspas 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.

"We were hoping for penalties", Akinfeev said. And then we drew Spain, I thought everything would end.

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Based on Russia's ranking of 70th in the world, this match was the biggest upset ever in the knockout stage of the World Cup, and the third biggest upset overall.

The hosts have staged a fine tournament, full of smiles, solyanka and samovars - and a bit of vodka, too. Instead, Artem Dzyuba levelled the scores from the penalty spot before half-time as La Roja were continually frustrated in their attempts to break down the hosts' well-manned rearguard.

Ramos was also in tears as he gave a post-match interview on Spanish television minutes after the final whistle. Pique wagged a finger at Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers, but the decision stood. However he defended the team after they controlled the match before losing on penalties.

Spanish captain Sergio Ramos was in tears on the pitch after losing to Russian Federation in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

As the late stand-in, Hierro may be spared such stinging criticism but he dropped Iniesta and Dani Carvajal against Russian Federation in Moscow, only to bring both on as substitutes, and then replaced Diego Costa with Iago Aspas, who arguably should have been on from the start.

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