Russia Upsets Spain In Penalty Shootout

Russia Upsets Spain In Penalty Shootout

Russia Upsets Spain In Penalty Shootout

Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saves the ball in a penalty shootout leading to Russia winning the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1, 2018.

"The critics don't matter so much; we are angry because we weren't capable of taking another step and we didn't rise to the occasion, despite trying everything".

Iago Aspas then saw his effort from 12 yards saved by the brilliant Igor Akinfeev as Russian Federation progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

"It's painful, there's nothing else we can say, " Spain captain Sergio Ramos said.

The most wide open World Cup for decades continues to spring surprises with Sunday's elimination of Spain being the latest headline grabber.

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"We were hoping for penalties", Akinfeev said.

Russian Federation are into the last eight of the World Cup for the first time in 48 years, since a quarterfinal appearance in Mexico in 1970 as Soviet Union. "After all the criticism following the group stages, we have proven ourselves as a team again today".

A Russian fan celebrates his team's win over Spain in the World Cup.

"It is necessary to announce a series of rallies demanding to give the Akinfeev hero of Russian Federation".

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

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"We could not do more - we gave everything". He also noted that thanks to Chechresov the team has made the impossible making it to the playoffs. A penalty was the only way they could cause us danger.

And the 34-year-old, who will now join Vissel Kobe after calling time on his Barcelona career, confirmed he has played his final game for Spain.

Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive when it dominated the ball in the 90 minutes of regular time.

"Incredible. The last 10 minutes of the match I lost 10 years of my life but in the end, we are through to the quarterfinal. VAR is there to help, and the referee did not whistle it".

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