Russian Federation beat Spain in World Cup's first penalty shootout to progress

Hope Soto
July 2, 2018

Defender Sergei Ignashevich was unlucky to see the ball deflect off his leg. Marcos Asensio curled a spot kick into the penalty, and both Ignashevich and Spanish center-half Sergio Ramos hot in pursuit, unfortunately the Russian's tackle was mistimed leading to an own-goal.

Spain has had a hard time playing against host nations in the history of the World Cup.

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With four minutes of the second period of extra time played, Rodrigo ran at the Russian Federation defence but Akinfeev saved his shot, with Carvajal's follow-up blocked.

After playing a 1-1 draw right from the first half, Russian Federation and Spain went all the way through extra time and there was nothing to separate the duo except penalty kicks.

Spain are yet to hit their groove and take on the hosts at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for a place in the quarter-finals.

In a World Cup which already broke the record for own goals, Ignashevich made it 10 when the ball deflected off his heal and into his own net in the 12th minute while challenging Sergio Ramos at a free-kick. Artem Dzyuba equalised moments before half-time and the scene was set for a nervy second-half.

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Russian Federation made another change soon after the hour, taking off Samedov and bringing on Denis Cheryshev, and their third switch followed after 65 minutes, scorer Dzyuba off for Fyodor Smolov.

With neither side able to break the deadlock they went into extra time level at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Akinfeev, who started his professional career by saving a spot kick in his first ever match, then kicked Aspas' penalty high and wide to trigger wild celebrations.

Spain took the first, Iniesta scoring before Smolov followed his example despite David De Gea getting a faint touch to it.

However, Koke' s penalty was saved by Akinfeev before Aleksandr Golovin fired the hosts ahead 3-2.

A total of 32 national football teams entered the 2018 FIFA World Cup and only 16 of them proceeded to the knockout phase after the group stage, which kicked off on June 14 and ended on June 28.

That was until the 85th minute, when after almost 30 minutes without a significant chance on goal, Iniesta stung the palms of Igor Akinfeev, who completed a fine double save to deny Iago Aspas on the follow up, sending the tie into extra time.

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