Spain vs Russia: Russia beat Spain 4-3 in penalty shootout to enter quarter-finals

Russian player celebration after victory against Spain
Russian player celebration after victory against Spain

Hosts Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties on Sunday to progress to the World Cup quarter-finals where they will confront either Denmark or Croatia.

Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev saved Koke’s and Iago Aspas’ spot kicks in their first historically speaking penalty shootout to send the hosts through after a 1-1 draw more than 120 minutes.

Spain, who have never beaten a host at World Cups or Euros, proceeded following 12 minutes when 38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich bundled into Spain striker Sergio Ramos at the far post, thumping a free kick in with his heel for the tenth own goal of the competition.

The 2010 title holders controlled the match with their smooth passing however did minimal all the more, neglecting to make another scoring chance in the 1st half.

Russia looked similarly toothless into front, with Aleksandr Golovin’s twisted effort their solitary significant oppotunity until the point that Gerard Pique’s handball allowed them to level with a penalty in the 42nd minute.

Forward Artem Dzyuba covered it for his third goal of the competition, sending Spain keeper David de Gea the wrong method to even out and stir the curbed 78,000 jam in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

The match needed pace and rhythm even after the break with the two teams wary not yield excessively space and the Russians playing without an absolute striker after the substitution of Dzyuba.

Regardless of 75 percent possession, Spain’s acclaimed tiki-taka passing game infrequently conveyed them into the box and they needed to hold up until the 85th minute to test Akinfeev with a low drive from substitute Andres Iniesta.

Having long come up short on steam and with a few players cramping, Russia were lessened to urgently defending in additional time as Spain, who played in excess of four times the quantity of passes their adversaries did, even now attempted to slice open the Russian defense.

Akinfeev acted the hero again to deny Rodrigo after his fine dash in the second 50% of additional time before turning into a national legend by sparing the two spot kicks to send the hosts past the previous title holders.