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

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

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was the hero for the home team, saving both the kicks. Spain vs Russia, Live Streaming of Round of 16 Football Match 3: Get Knockout Stage Telecast & Free Online Stream Details in India for 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In the end he needed only four after Akinfeev's heroics completed one of the all-time great World Cup backs-to-the-wall performances and sent Russian Federation into the quarter-finals.

The hosts have staged a fine tournament, full of smiles, solyanka and samovars - and a bit of vodka, too. "We might have attacked more if we only played four at the back or with more forwards but I believe we were victorious because my players stuck to the plan".

It was a shocking elimination for Spain, joining former champions Germany and Argentina.

But for all the talk of tactics and generational change, Spain's 2018 World Cup will be remembered for a simple act of self-sabotage.

But Stanislav Cherchesov's Russian Federation, gathering strength from its fans in the capital city, ensured a gladiatorial battle to wrest an unbelievable win against one of the tournament favourites Spain. After goals from Alexander Golovin and Denis Cheryshev, Iago Aspas had to score to keep Spain alive, but saw his penalty saved by Akinfeev's outstretched left leg, sending the hosts through to the quarterfinals. The Atletico Madrid midfielder lifted his shirt over his eyes in dismay. The second half was played at nearly walking pace, brought very little drama - ditto the first extra time of the tournament - and Fernando Hierro's side paid dearly for their lack of ideas and intensity by exiting 5-3 on penalties in the shootout.

Saving two penalties in the shoot-out guaranteed that goalkeeper Akinfeev would be named man of the match but he had already thwarted Spain with several fine saves in regular and extra time. Turmoil erupted two days before the opening game, when the federation fired the head coach.

Trump's Supreme Court search begins, with youth a key factor
Earlier in the day Gorsuch, 49, was sworn in as the 113th Associate Justice in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court . Leonard Leo, an outside legal activist, will be another key member of the president's advisory team, sources said.

"It's painful, there's nothing else we can say", Spain captain Sergio Ramos said. "We left our soul in the pitch".

"Everything is changing, " Spain coach Fernando Hierro said through a translator. Lopetegui was sacked because he had failed to tell the national soccer federation he accepted an offer to coach Real Madrid after the tournament.

"Like all Spaniards, we had high hopes and dreams and we are sad that we couldn't do it for the millions of people who were following the game back home", Hierro told reporters.

Sunday's defeat likely spells the end of Andres Iniesta's national-team career.

Having long run out of steam and with several players cramping, Russian Federation were reduced to desperately defending in extra time.

In addition to scoring the World Cup's winning goal in 2010, Iniesta had also been key for Spain when it won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with its tiki-taka style modeled on Barcelona's ball-possession game.

A defensive error let Russian Federation level in the 41st, after Gerard Pique's raised arm blocked a header by Artyom Dzyuba.

Related Articles