Russia 2018: Spain Knocked Out By Hosts!
Hosts, Russia are through to the quarter final of the 2018 World Cup after they overcame Spain in their Round of 16 clash on Sunday.
After seeing their tie end in a 1-1 stalemate after 90 minutes and extra time, the first game at this Mundial went into penalty shootouts and it was Russia who came out victorious ahead of the 2010 champions.
It was Spain that scored first in Sunday’s Round of 16 clash as they went ahead in the 12th minute as Russian defender Ignashevich scored an own goal.
The eqauliser came for the hosts late in the first half and it was from the penalty spot where Dzyuba fired in after Gerrard Pique was punished for a hand ball in the box
From then on both teams could not get the ball into the net and the game was to be decided by penalty kicks.
Spain took the first, Iniesta scoring, before Smolov followed his example despite David De Gea getting a faint touch to it.
Pique scored via the inside of the post and Ignashevish, whose own goal had given Spain the lead, then sent De Gea the wrong way.
Koke's penalty was saved by Akinfeev and up stepped Golovin to smash home his kick and give the hosts the advantage but Ramos kept Spain in it before Cheryshev put the hosts on the brink of the quarterfinals -- and Akinfeev saved Aspas' effort with his feet to send Russia.
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