Host Russia extends World Cup party by eliminating Spain in penalty shooout

Host Russia extends World Cup party by eliminating Spain in penalty shooout

Host Russia extends World Cup party by eliminating Spain in penalty shooout

With Spain taking first, the shootout was poised at 2-2 when Akinfeev dived to his right to push away the kick by Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion.

Spain had taken the lead when Marco Asensio's curling free-kick into the six-yard area hit the ankle of Sergei Ignashevich, who was marking Sergio Ramos, and flew into the net.

Hierro said that Spain did everything right but that "football is like that" after his side dominated the tie over 120 minutes only to go out on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

But Russia refused to surrender under the Spanish pressure, and on the stroke of half-time, Gerard Pique conceded a penalty after a towering Artem Dzyuba header deflected off the defender's arm, and the Zenit St. Petersburg striker ultimately converted the spot kick to level proceedings.

Rodrigo, an extra-time substitute, had a decent sight of goal in the second half of stoppage time, beating his man one-on-one before drilling a shot Akinfeev did well to save.

Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta reacts on the pitch during their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Russian Federation at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1, 2018.

Russian Federation continued to sit deep and hit Spain on the counter-attack once in a while, which eventually paid off when they equalised five minutes before half-time with the only shot on target they managed in 120 minutes of open play.

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But something has changed for Spain, whatever doubts one might entertain about the extraordinary distances covered by Stanislas Cherchesov's Russian Federation side in the course of their three victories at this World Cup.

Russian Federation will face either Croatia or Denmark, who were meeting later on Sunday, in Sochi on July 7.

Hosts must rebound quickly for last 16 clash, the 2010 champions who have slipped under the radar after a tumultuous start to the tournament.

Spain has now failed to win a knockout game at three major tournaments since it won Euro 2012, its third straight major title after Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

Many would argue it was clear at the time that changing the coach two days before Spain's opening game was unlikely to benefit the team. "I'm proud and have nothing negative to say to the whole group that has been in Russia, Hierro and all his team, the players, the coaching staff, all those who have been here". "I think we should have countered faster".

The CSKA Moscow goalkeeper has been a regular for his national team since making his worldwide debut fourteen years ago and while the 32-year old has more clean sheets than any other Russian goalkeeper in history, his club record in European tournaments has been not quite up to the mark. "Yes, we need to defend but we need to attack more". Hernandez is 38 and left the national team after Spain's first-round elimination in 2014.

Before Russia, South Korea were the last World Cup hosts to send Spain packing, following a 5-3 shootout victory in 2002. Pique, Ramos, David Silva, Costa and Sergio Busquets will be 33 or older.

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