Putin congratulates Russian Federation after hosts stun Spain

Putin congratulates Russian Federation after hosts stun Spain

Putin congratulates Russian Federation after hosts stun Spain

The unexpected success of the national team has been a political boon for Putin, but the president has only attended Russia's opening FIFA World Cup match.

Croatia has never reached the World Cup final so just imagine what the party scene would be like if that happened.

However, despite Kasper's performance, Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 to advance into the quarterfinals where they will face Russian Federation, who beat Spain in a penalty shootout earlier in the day.

Mighty Spain dominated the field at Luzhniki Stadium, dulled the senses with mind-numbing ball movement around the perimeter of the penalty area Sunday. A penalty was the only way they could cause us danger.

Eight years ago Iniesta scored the goal that gave Spain their first ever World Cup in South Africa.

Spain were knocked out of at the round of 16 stage following Sunday's penalty shootout loss to Russian Federation.

This was their first penalty shootout in World Cups, while for Spain this was their fourth.

Defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated by upset loss to South Korea
It was assumed that Germany would beat South Korea , and that Mexico would beat Sweden , but football is a amusing old game. This was South Korea's first win at the 2018 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Sweden and falling 2-1 to Mexico .

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Sweden and Mexico finished top and second to qualify for the World Cup round of 16 . In German football, there is an apocalyptical mood right now'.

Germany beat Sweden in final seconds
Sweden's Ola Toivonen, left, scored the game's opening goal , lobbing the ball over German keeper Manuel Neuer in the 32nd minute. However, Mexico truly dominated for stretches, and looked every bit as good as the team that knocked off Germany .

It was the fifth time in a row a World Cup host nation has won a penalty shootout, Federation Internationale de Football Association said.

And from that moment on it seems like Russian Federation would be happy to go to penalties.

Home supporters with red-white-and-blue wigs and painted faces seemed prepared for an unhappy ending out of Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky, especially after Marco Asensio's free kick ricocheted off a calf of defender Sergei Ignashevich in the 12th minute and past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev for an own goal.

"It's reality that today has been my last match for the national team", he told reporters.

"A wonderful period has come to an end". I can safely say that we can all look each other in the eye.

"Honestly, before the tournament I had very low expectations, everyone was just hoping to God that we would get out of the group stage". You asked me about the same thing after the last game we won and I said the same thing, we have started a journey and now we have to continue on it with calmly and responsibly.

"This morning I was very nervous, but now it is time to celebrate".

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