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Spain Out Of World Cup As Russia Wins, 4-3

04 July, 2018, 08:20 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Still, it's hard to see a Kutepov interception making the highlight reel over Akinfeev saving the Iago Aspas spot kick.

The match ended 1-1 following extra-time and Russian Federation won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after Iago Aspas' effort was saved by Igor Akinfeev.

Russian Federation will now meet Croatia in the Quarter Final at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

The video shows 6ft 4in striker Dzyuba between the sticks at training, pulling off a mirror-image stop to the one team captain Akinfeev made against Spain to win the shootout.

Still, World Cup history was on Russia's side after its well-organized team survived two hours of barely having the ball. France, South Korea, Germany and Brazil have also won shootouts since 1998. The clash against Spain is the 38-year-old's 126th game for his country since 2002, reported Sputnik news agency.

No problem - Akinfeev denied him with his foot, pushing the ball away, out of danger. The Atletico Madrid midfielder lifted his shirt over his eyes in dismay. We tried to bet on them getting exhausted, had five or six clear opportunities to score, and conceded very few, apart from the penalty. His shot from a tight angle forces Akinfeev into a save!

Spain had a chance to regain the lead just before halftime when Diego Costa ran onto Silva's pass on the right only to see his shot blocked by goalkeeper Akinfeev.

"In 2008, '10, '12, well, we had the players we had, and we played at a level, with a style had nobody had done before, " said Hierro, who took over as coach when Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before Spain's opener. Tis team ended up taking no risks.

Spain won a first World Cup in 2010, before then they had never got beyond the quarter-finals. A win for Russian Federation would open up the competition on their side of the draw. "We left our soul in the pitch".

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Spain subs: Daniel Carvajal, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo Moreno, Thiago Alcantara, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Odriozola, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Iago Aspas, Pepe Reina. Koke tried to give the lead back to Spain but his shot was stopped by Akinfeev. Iniesta also scored the first spot-kick of the shootout.

They held firm as extra time reached the halfway point and then summoned a Herculean final effort in the final 15 minutes as Spain finally seemed to realize their looming predicament.

The hosts stuck to what you might call a "stubborn" game plan against the 2010 champions, packing their defensive and watched on from a distance as Spain amassed thousands of completed passes in the middle third - patient, attritional and superior in their minds; completely ineffective in reality.

Pundits, fans and conspiracy theorists will be talking themselves hoarse about just what Gerard Pique was doing when he conceded a penalty to Russian Federation after Dzyuba's header thumped into his outstretched arm.

"Let us say this openly, they are better than us in many ways, " he said. "We can always win, and that's what we have to think and believe".

This Russian team, on the other hand, still have history to make and with big names falling by the wayside on an nearly daily basis, they must now be considered serious contenders for a return to the Luzhniki Stadium in the semi-final and perhaps even the final.

The Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup 2018 begins this Saturday.

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

Spain finished the half with a burst of activity, registering a couple of efforts, but the next 40 minutes were turgid, a state of affairs not helped by the 25-degree temperature. Russian Federation has completed the same number of passes in four World Cup matches combined, just 202 Sunday.

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