Russian Federation knocks out Spain in World Cup penalty shootout


Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov, center, looks after his players before extratime during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Igor Akinfeev was the hero as Russian Federation reached the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Spain.

"I've been in the team for 12 years, I'm used to criticism", said Silva.

In the end Spain racked up over 1,000 passes but their tiki-taka style was too lethargic and the hosts ran out 4-3 winners in the shootout.

Spain were 1-0 up in the 11th minute when Russia's Sergey Ignashevich, under pressure from Sergio Ramos, diverted Nacho's free-kick into his own net, but Russian Federation drew level through Artem Dzyuba's penalty in the 40th minute.

A deep corner was met by Dzyuba, whose header struck the outstretched arm of Pique, with referee Bjorn Kuipers contemplating his decision before pointing to the spot. "It's an exam. You write, your professor will read and check, and then we'll get the score".

Stretching every part of his body out into a star shape and diving to his right, Igor Akinfeev flicked out his left foot and kicked the ball high away from danger. "The national team will push ahead because it still has players of quality and that's what they need to try".

Instead, Spain seemed entirely incapable on increasing the pace as, minute by minute, home hopes grew from a long-shot dream, through a gradual realization that their highly-ranked rivals were not actually that risky, to eventual delirious celebration.

Aleksandr Golovin then slid his shot underneath a diving De Gea to put Russian Federation in front.

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For the first time in a World Cup, teams will be allowed to make a fourth substitution in extra time.

Ended in Moscow the meeting of the 1/8 finals of the 2018 world Cup, where Spain were knocked out of the tournament, Russia.

Russia's defence-first approach echoed the Iceland team which beat England at EURO 2016 or the Greeks who won the European title in 2004.

Dzyuba then kept his cool by sending David de Gea the wrong way and burying his spot-kick into the bottom right corner. Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev provided the most dramatic twist in the victory as he tallied two saves during the shoot-out before stopping another one in the fifth round to give the home team a reason to celebrate.

Subasic became only the second goalkeeper to save three penalties in a shootout at the World Cup, matching the feat of Portugal keeper Ricardo against England in 2006.

The record had been held by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares who scored into his own net in the 2014 World Cup match against France at the age of 37 years and 43 days.

Cherchesov tried to freshen things up by bringing on Denis Cheryshev and swapping the tiring Dzyuba for Fedor Smolov, while Spain coach Fernando Hierro called for Anders Iniesta and Aspas.

Spartak won the tie 3-1, with all the goals coming in the second leg in Madrid. But Denmark, unbeaten in 18 games coming into the game, provided tough opposition.