The pinnacle of Russian Football arrived on Sunday as the hosts Russia have knocked Spain out of the World Cup as they beat Spain 4-3 in the penalties after the match was tied at 1-1 after a couple of hours play.
Settling the Scene:
Russia advanced to the round of 16 as they were second in their group, while Spain were the group winners in Group B. The match was predicted to be a close encounter but the 2010 Champions were tipped to see past the Russian side.
The Spanish side started with Diego Costa a the solitary striker, and Russia started Artem Dzyuba as their frontman. Spain took the early lead when Ignashevich scored an own goal in the 12th minute. Hosts were under pressure as Spain threatened to extend the lead but couldn’t as they lacked final ball. Russia were defensively organised and their persistence was rewarded as they were awarded a penalty after Gerard Pique handled the ball. Artem Dzyuba converted from the spot to level it up for the hosts, and it was 1-1 at the break.
Russian rejoice in Moscow after a historic win
It was all the same even after 90 minutes and required extra time, which also was another piece of history as Russia’s Erokhin became the first player in World Cup history to be introduced as a fourth substitute in a match.
The match required tie breaker to settle the destiny and Igor Akinfeev denied two Spanish players from the spot. First Koke and then Iago Aspas’ shot were saved by the Russian legend as Russia prevail to the Quarter Finals of the World Cup.
A dejected Spain side after their loss
Spain: De Gea; Nacho, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Koke; Asensio, Silva, Isco; Costa
Russia: Akinfeev; Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Fernandes, Kuzyaov, Zobnin, Zhirkov; Golovin, Samedov; Dzyuba