Russian Federation stun Spain on penalties to make last eight

Russian Federation stun Spain on penalties to make last eight

Russian Federation stun Spain on penalties to make last eight

Spain head coach Fernando Hierro comforts Spain's Koke after his team lost by penalty shootout 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.

A whole nation held its breath as striker Iago Aspas walked up to take Spain's fifth and final penalty against Russian Federation in the Luzhniki Stadium.

Once Spain took the lead in the 11th minute, however, Sergei Ignashevich turning a Marco Asensio free-kick into his own net under heavy pressure from Sergio Ramos, it was hard to see a way back into the game for the hosts.

It didn't quite have the thrill-a-minute feel of Saturday's round if 16, but there was drama aplenty as Russian Federation and Spain battled it out in the capital.

Denmark coach Age Hareide said his side's match against Croatia could boil down to who comes out on top in the midfield battle between Tottenham powerhouse Christian Eriksen and Modric.

Aspas almost picked out Carvajal with a cut-back seconds into the start of extra time, which saw Aleksandr Erokhin come on as Russia's fourth sub - the first time the rule has been applied at the World Cup.

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.

"We are playing at home but I think the team is relaxed and very much ready to do a good job".

Hosts Russia advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on penalties after a 1-1 draw on a dramatic afternoon in Moscow.

Croatia now have a golden chance to match their previous golden generation's run to the semi-finals in 1998 when they meet Russian Federation in Sochi on Saturday.

Fernando Hierro & Co were shocked by hosts Russian Federation in Moscow, losing 5-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1. "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". Artem Dzyuba stepped up and equalised from the spot, 1-1.

World Cup history was made with the first use of a fourth substitute, which Federation Internationale de Football Association now allows teams to have one more sub in extra time.

"Honestly, before the tournament I had very low expectations, everyone was just hoping to God that we would get out of the group stage".

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

FIFA approved the new rule in March for an additional substitute in extra time at the World Cup, but had earlier used it at youth tournaments and the 2016 Olympic football tournaments. He refereed Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco and Germany's 2-0 loss to South Korea, which eliminated the defending champions. Against Russia, Igor Akinfeev starred in the shootout while he failed to save at least two spot-kicks he might have kept out. That was his last significant action as Spain's final throw of the dice saw Asensio replaced by Rodrigo.

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