Russian Federation beats Spain to enter QF

Russia v Spain Raucous home support seek Euro 2008 semi-final revenge at Luzhniki

Russia v Spain Raucous home support seek Euro 2008 semi-final revenge at Luzhniki

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. We were hoping for penalties and that's what happened.

Spain joined Argentina, Portugal and Germany among the big guns to have been eliminated from this World Cup, but Iniesta said he believed the future for the Spain team was bright.

Russian Federation will now meet Croatia in the Quarter Final at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

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. There was high drama in the shootout for the 78,000 spectators at Luzhniki Stadium, with all four Russian penalty-takers keeping their cool and Akinfeev saving Aspas's spot kick with his foot to trigger wild celebrations. However, Cherchesov refused to get carried away and spoke like a man on a mission after his side booked a quarter-final clash with Croatia or Denmark.

"We don't like this kind of structure but this is what we had to do with three defenders".

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.

It was Russia's only chance of the entire match in a destructive game plan which saw them have a mere 26 percent of possession.

Andres Iniesta, Thiago Alcantara and Dani Carvajal have been dropped to the bench for Spain's World Cup last 16 knockout clash with Russian Federation. And frankly, had the ball not gone in, Spain might have been given a penalty for what looked like a foul.

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

In the end Spain racked up over 1,000 passes but their tiki-taka style was too lethargic and the hosts ran out 4-3 winners in the shootout.

The result is Russia's first win at the knockout stages of a major tournament since Euro 2008, and it leaves the bottom half of the draw wide open for a surrpise finalist.

With several players cramping, Russian Federation were reduced to desperately defending in extra time as Spain, who played more than four times the number of passes their opponents did, still struggled to create clear chances.

Russian Federation hadn't practiced penalties and didn't have a dedicated penalty taker for the game.

Spain won a first World Cup in 2010, before then they had never got beyond the quarter-finals.

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

Yuri Zhirkov brought down Nacho on Spain's right wing, and Asensio's free-kick sailed to the far post where it was deflected into the net by the veteran Ignashevich who had only paid attention to Spain captain Ramos.

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