Russia have knocked Spain out of World Cup 2018, with the host country showing impressive skill during the game.
Despite an own goal by Sergei Ignashevich, Russia still managed to hold their own against Spain; displaying excellent defence and determination, eventually winning 4-3 through penalties after the sides couldn’t be separated in 90 minutes or extra time.
Spain was ranked number 10 in the FIFA World Rankings, while Russia was ranked just number 70, making this a real David and Goliath game.
Russia is now set to enter the quarter-finals for first time since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Spain are unbeaten in 23 games.
They haven't lost a football match for over TWO YEARS.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 1, 2018
— John Essien (@essienjhn) July 1, 2018
Wow what an atmosphere here tonight in luzhniki Stadium ?. I thought that after Artem Dzyuba's equalizing goal that I heard thunder ? but it was the roar of the Russian fans! ✨✨✨✨✨✨
— Fatma Samoura (@fatma_samoura) July 1, 2018
The match kicked off at 15:00 (BST) at the Luzhniki Stadium. Andres Iniesta did not start for Spain, with Fernando Hierro having made changes.
There was initially disappointment in the 12th minute when Ignashevish challenged Sergio Ramos, resulting in the ball ricocheting off his leg and straight into the net at close range.
This blow made Russia only the second team to score two own goals during a single World Cup. Bulgaria suffered the same embarrassment back in 1966.
32-year-old Ramos – who was playing his 17th World Cup match – could be seen jumping to his feet, wheeling off as he celebrated with his teammates. However, Ramos’ crowing was short lived.
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) July 1, 2018
Scenes of pure ecstasy erupted in Moscow after Russia’s first goal of the match by 29-year-old Artem Dzyuba in the 42nd minute. The goal was the result of a penalty awarded after an attempt at goal from Dzyuba was blocked by Gerard Pique’s naively outstretched arm.
Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea’s dived the wrong way as Dzyuba landed the goal in the right side of the net.
This was Dzyuba’s third goal during this competition, and tied him with Denis Cheryshev for the team lead. The cheers in the stadium have been described as ‘deafening.’
This also marked the second time two Russians have scored three goals during the same World Cup. The first was back in 1966, with Valeriy Porkuyan (4) and Eduard Malofeyev (3).
At the end of regulation time, the score was 1-1. As the game entered extra time, Spain appeared to pick up the pace after what was initially a slow match on their side, putting pressure on Russian defenders.
This was the first extra-time match of this World Cup, and also marked Spain’s 7th extra-time match at the World Cup.
For the very first time in the World Cup, both teams were allowed to bring on a fourth substitute.
Russia brought on Alexander Yerokhin in the 97th minute, replacing midfielder Daler Kuzyaev. Spain followed suit with a substitution seven minutes later, replacing Marco Asensio with Rodrigo Moreno.
I fear for my ears if Russia somehow pull this one off pic.twitter.com/OIyBh4kwC2
— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) July 1, 2018
We're headed to extra time between Spain and Russia! pic.twitter.com/hELmlADLXe
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 1, 2018
And so we enter the seventh year of Spain vs Russia
— Tom Phillips (@flashboy) July 1, 2018
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) July 1, 2018
After the game went to penalties, things became tense. Spain’s Iniesta scored and moments later Russia’s Smolov scored, bring it up to 1-1. The Spain’s Pique scored, followed by Russia’s Iganshevich in quick succession.
Russia took the lead when Russia’s Golovin scored, but not for long after Ramos’ goal, bringing the game up to 3-3.
Russia’s Cheryshev fired a goal right in the centre of the net, and Spain failed to pick things up after Akinfeev saved Aspas effort using his feet.
Terrific penalties by Russia and Akinfeev. Never any urgency from Spain. Some blame has to fall on Hierro. Didn’t recognize the need to make more dramatic changes in-game.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 1, 2018
— Ian Dennis (@Iandennisbbc) July 1, 2018
Well done Russia…but it’s still coming home!
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.