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Spain vs. Russia - Football Match Report

Spain vs. Russia - Football Match Report

And from it, they won a penalty when Dzubya leapt to win the ball and it hit Pique's raised hand - and after a moment's hesitation, the referee pointed to the spot and booked the defender.

The 32-year-old keeper saved Koke's and Iago Aspas' spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in Russia's first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to set up a last eight clash with either Denmark or Croatia, after a lackluster 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

An early Sergei Ignashevich own goal had Spain on track to reach the quarter-finals, but Artem Dzyuba levelled from the penalty spot.

Fox said it was the third-biggest World Cup upset based on its rankings and the biggest in the knockout round.

Spain, who parted ways with coach Julen Lopetegui just days before the tournament, joined England and Italy as the only teams to lose three shootouts at the World Cup, having been knocked out by hosts South Korea in 2002 and Belgium in 1986, both in the quarterfinals.

The 2010 World Cup winners have left Andres Iniesta out of their starting line-up.

Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov has reverted back to his favourite 5-3-2 formation, with three central defenders and Artem Dzyuba as the lone forward.

Asensio, who made two brief substitute appearances in the group stage, whipped in dangerously to the far post where the ball looped in off an unsighted Ignashevich as he tussled with Ramos. Suddenly, Russia are brimming with confidence and Spain look patchy at best.

A few weeks ago, Spain vs Russian Federation would have been a serious mismatch but what difference a month makes in football.

Isco produced a series of regal touches with SpainĀ“s King Felipe VI among those in the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Russian Federation equalised shortly before half-time.

Akinfeev snuffed out an opening for Diego Costa on the stroke of half-time as the Spain striker tried to latch onto a through ball.

Cherchesov introduced Cheryshev for Alexander Samedov on the hour, a move greeted by a deafening roar from the home support.

In the last eight match Russian Federation will face Croatia or Denmark.

However, Iniesta's effort was parried away by Igor Akinfeev and extra time was called in Moscow.

Spain made their extra substitution about seven minutes later when Rodrigo Moreno replaced Marco Asensio.


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