Russian Federation beat Spain in World Cup's first penalty shootout to progress

02 July, 2018, 03:59 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
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But Putin's decision not to personally attend Russia's first World Cup knockout game in the post-Soviet era fed suspicions that the Kremlin believed the team would lose.

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

Penalties it was. After the first four were all scored, Akinfeev saved Koke's spot kick to give Russian Federation the advantage. Artem Dzyuba then converted a penalty three minutes before the break to pull the tournament hosts level at half-time.

They had taken the lead on 12 minutes after Sergei Ignashevich deflected a Marco Asensio free-kick into his own net.

There was no denying extra-time in the end as the two sides could not be separated.

Russia's defence was almost superhuman as they closed down the more talented Spaniards without flagging for 120 minutes, maintaining their shape and never allowing themselves to be exposed even when they mounted a rare counterattack.

Spain controlled the game as expected but struggled to create genuine chances, with Akinfeev sharp on the few occasions they did before saving from Koke and Iago Aspas to seal a 4-3 win on penalties.

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Speaking to RT by telephone, Manchester United manager Mourinho was full of praise for the World Cup hosts. They were checking the game footage for holding on Pique and Ramos, but they have decided that it wasn't a penalty.

Fifa approved the rule in March for an additional substitute in extra time at the World Cup, but had earlier used it at youth tournaments and the 2016 Olympic football tournaments. They have lost eight of those games, including four at World Cups, the last to South Korea in 2002 - also on penalties.

After executing their game plan to perfection, denying Spain in both normal and extra time, Russian Federation entered unchartered waters earlier this afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium. Suddenly, Russia are brimming with confidence and Spain look patchy at best.

Hello and welcome to this live text commentary of the World Cup last-16 match between Spain and Russian Federation at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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.

Resounding wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt elevated expectations for Stanislav Cherchesov's side before they were dealt a dose of reality in a 3-0 loss to Uruguay.

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