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Russia stun Spain to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Russia stun Spain to reach World Cup quarter-finals
BBC Sport, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow


Hosts Russia pulled off the greatest stun of the 2018 World Cup so far as they beat 2010 victors Spain in the principal punishment shootout of the competition to achieve the quarter-finals without precedent for a long time. 

After additional time finished with the score bolted at 1-1, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was Russia's punishment saint, denying Koke and afterward Iago Aspas to start scenes of incoherent festival at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. 

His contrary number, David de Gea, got a hand to the main spot-kick he confronted - from Fedor Smolov - yet that was the nearest he came to making a spare as the Russians changed over their outstanding punishments in clinical mold. 

Stanislav Cherchesov's side, at 70 the most minimal positioned group in the opposition and 60 puts underneath Spain, now confront Croatia or Denmark in the keep going eight in Sochi on Saturday. 

How you evaluated the players in Moscow 

How did Russia go from 'object of jokes' to has incomparable? 

Their improbable advance is a reward for their unflinching guarding for the vast majority of the 120 minutes of have and ought to mirror the influence played by their a huge number of fans who thundered them on all through their cautious masterclass. 

As a matter of fact there were few indications of the Spanish battles to come when Sergey Ignashevich incidentally gave Fernando Hierro's side an a twelfth moment lead. 

The veteran Russian safeguard, who turns 39 not long from now, put through his own net as he endeavored to stop Sergio Ramos achieving Marco Asensio's free-kick at the far post.


In any case, Spain neglected to transform their staggering strength of ownership into additionally risks and paid the cost before half-time, when Artem Dzyuba's header from a corner hit Gerard Pique's outstretched arm.

Dzyuba ventured up himself to send De Gea the wrong route from the spot and the stadium went wild, not for the keep going time on a turbulent night.

The example of play did not change after the break, with Spain endeavoring to go their way through the positions of Russia's stuffed barrier, however deficient with regards to the creative ability to design a genuine shooting possibility.

Just Andres Iniesta debilitated to break the gridlock for Spain when he was belatedly summoned from the seat and the volume inside the Luzhniki expanded as the Russian fans detected their side could stick on.

At the point when Spain managed a sight of objective, toward the beginning of the second time of additional time, Akinfeev denied Rodrigo to guarantee the diversion would go to punishments, where he would have the last say.

'From no-hopers to inside two wins of the last' 

Russia were viewed as no-hopers by most onlookers when this competition started, when notwithstanding escaping their gathering out of the blue since the finish of the Soviet time had been viewed as past them.

A significant number of their supporters outside the stadium were all the while thinking of them off before this amusement began, yet rather they saw the hosts turn into the primary Russian side to achieve the quarter-finals of a World Cup since Mexico 1970.

That was the time of the amazing Lev Yashin, so it was fitting that another goalkeeper, Akinfeev, should have the greatest impact here in this vital triumph.

Russia's skipper is 32 and was winning his 111th top yet this was his most noteworthy execution of all, and on the greatest stage.


His side's resolved shielding implied he was tried by few of Spain's 24 shots however he demonstrated splendid responses to keep out Jordi Alba's exertion, got down adroitly to spare Iniesta's first-time shot and after that blocked Rodrigo when he moved through.

In the shootout as well, he created spares when it made a difference - first by diving on his right side to push away Koke's agreeable exertion, at that point fixing triumph with his trailing leg when Aspas let go his punishment straight down the center.

What now for Spain after a turbulent battle? 

While Russia walk on, Spain's turbulent battle closes in tears. 

A World Cup that had started with La Roja sacking their supervisor Julen Lopetegui two days before the beginning of the competition, completed with a disconnected show that implied crush was close to the 2010 victors merited.

While Fernando Hierro's side down and out World Cup records for the most finished passes - 1,006 - since records started, they only from time to time looked like transforming that predominance into possibilities, not to mention objectives.

After Ignashevich put through his own net, Spain did not marshal their own exertion at objective until the stroke of half-time and, as BBC savant Rio Ferdinand put it, they played sideways awfully frequently.

Indeed, even the presentation from the seat of veteran midfield maestro Iniesta, essential to such a significant number of their triumphs of the previous decade, couldn't motivate a late victor.

Spain essentially came up short on thoughts, joining Germany and Argentina as different mammoths to make despicable early exits, and leaving England, Colombia, Sweden and Switzerland as other potential sponsors in what shows up a completely open portion of the draw.

Man of the match - Igor Akinfeev (Russia)


'I acknowledge obligation' - what they said 

Spain supervisor Fernando Hierro: "This is pitiful, it is how it is. I'm not holding anything against anyone.

"In any case I do acknowledge obligation and I don't stay away from fault. We as a whole attempted to put forth a strong effort however that is football.

"I don't ponder the group separating or falling. There's a scarcely discernible difference amongst winning and losing."

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev: "We were seeking after punishments. We are having an awesome World Cup. Not only our fans, but rather the enthusiasts of different nations are getting a feeling of this air and comprehended that Russians truly know how to play football and need to play football."

'1,006 passes however just a single objective - and vanquish' - the details

Spain finished 1,006 goes in this match, just 21 less than Russia have finished in their four World Cup matches (1027).

Russia have achieved the quarter-last of the World Cup out of the blue since the separation of the Soviet Union.

Spain have lost three of their four World Cup punishment shootouts (1986 v Belgium, 2002 v South Korea and in this match).

Artem Dzyuba has scored with every one of the three of his shots on focus at the 2018 World Cup.

Russia's veteran safeguard Sergei Ignashevich turned into the most seasoned player to score a claim objective at the World Cup, matured 38 years and 352 days.

Counting the punishment shootout in this match, Spain goalkeeper David De Gea made only one spare in his four matches at the 2018 World Cup.

In spite of the fact that Spain drove for 29 minutes and 52 seconds in the main half (between the twelfth and 41st minutes), they didn't endeavor their first shot at objective until the 45th moment.

Sergio Ramos showed up for Spain at the World Cup in this diversion, a record for an outfield Spanish player and equalling the general record held by goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

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