Akinfeev stars as Russia stun Spain on penalties

Koke's penalty was saved by Akinfeev and Golovin stepped up to smash home and give the hosts the advantage, but Ramos kept Spain in it before Cheryshev put the hosts on the brink of victory - and then Akinfeev saved Aspas' effort with his foot to send them through. Ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, Stanislav Cherchesov's side won their opening match against Saudi Arabia 5-0 before disposing of Egypt 3-1 five days later. We now think about the next game. What a noise inside the Luzhniki Stadium! Nothing much was expected of this Russian team, reflected by their Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, results in friendlies, and the absence of key players including striker Aleksandr Kokorin, but here they are on the brink of facing the victor of this afternoon's matchup between Croatia and Denmark.

The Russia goalkeeper was again involved early in the second half, flying to his left to pluck a spinning Jordi Alba effort from the air. "We were hoping for penalties and that's what happened, thank God", Akinfeev said.

It was a painful World Cup exit for Spain and coach Fernando Hierro, who replaced Julen Lopetegui, fired on the eve of the tournament after accepting Real Madrid's offer to be their manager.

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.

"There are 15 players who have given everything, I have absolutely no complaint".

More news: Argentina's World Cup mutiny has reportedly turned into a players' coup

Spain, buoyed by their breakthrough, were beginning to dominate possession with Russian Federation struggling to find a foothold, but the hosts were briefly boosted when an Dzyuba header from a long free kick caused confusion before Spain whacked it clear.

The 2010 world champions controlled the game with their slick passing but failed to add to their lead as the Russians defended with discipline.

Russian Federation looked equally toothless up front, with Aleksandr Golovin's curled effort their only noteworthy opportunity until Gerard Pique's handball gave them a chance to level with a penalty in the 42nd minute.

Forward Artem Dzyuba buried it for his third goal of the tournament to awaken the subdued crowd.

Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev's save on Iago Aspas' penalty kick took less than a second, but it still made for the ultimate swing of emotions for the Spanish forward.

Related Articles

  • What Was Melania Trump Doing at the Border?

    First lady Melania Trump greets police officers before boarding a plane at McAllen Miller International Airport in McAllen, Texas. One outraged user borrowed an image of the back of the jacket to promote groups working on behalf of immigrant children .
    USA  court backs states over web sales tax

    USA court backs states over web sales tax

    Three identical bills were filed during the special session to match Louisiana's law with South Dakota's in case the U.S. Within a year or less, every state will collect sales tax on internet and mail-order sales.
    Trump Signs Executive Order Ending His Own Family-Separation Policy

    Trump Signs Executive Order Ending His Own Family-Separation Policy

    Still, he said the president's dramatic reversal on separating children won't solve anything: "I see that as placating people". The order also directs the United States attorney general to seek a change to a court ruling known as the Flores settlement .
  • Spurs Ready to

    Spurs Ready to "Move On" From Kawhi Leonard

    So far this offseason, Tatum has largely been considered off limits when it comes to trade talks. According to ESPN , the Spurs are asking for a huge package in return for Leonard.
    Heather Locklear Arrested After Reportedly Punching Police Officer

    Heather Locklear Arrested After Reportedly Punching Police Officer

    Locklear was placed on an involuntary 5150 psych hold last week by her parents after she reportedly assaulted them. In 2008, she was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
    Russian Federation  2018: Brazil held, Mexico stun champions Germany

    Russian Federation 2018: Brazil held, Mexico stun champions Germany

    They won all of their next nine games in qualifying and narrowly overcame Northern Ireland 1-0 in a playoff to make it to Russian Federation .
  • Ireland vs India - Highlights & Stats

    Ireland vs India - Highlights & Stats

    Siddharth Kaul was in the Indian squad for the home ODIs against Sri Lanka in December, but was not picked ahead of Kumar-Bumrah. Going into the first T20I, Kohli and the team management will have a sweet dilemma over the selection of the playing XI.
    Portugal held to 1-1 draw by Iran in dramatic fashion

    Portugal held to 1-1 draw by Iran in dramatic fashion

    Elimination for Spain would be its second straight group stage exit. Portugal finished the game while progressing from the group stage.
    U.S.  and China Officially in a Trade War over

    U.S. and China Officially in a Trade War over "Unfair Trade Practices"

    Separate measures affecting 284 products worth about $16 billion could take effect following a review and public comment process. Schumer added: "While we await further details on this trade action, President Trump is right on target".
  • Trump says he'll name high court pick on July 9

    Trump says he'll name high court pick on July 9

    There are plenty of theories floating around, and he says that he anticipates interviewing six or seven potential candidates. Alito Jr. were particularly heated, the nominations of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan proceeded peacefully.
    Border focus shifts to 2,300 kids already taken from parents

    Border focus shifts to 2,300 kids already taken from parents

    President Donald Trump's sudden executive action Wednesday on the border crisis stemmed some of the urgency for Congress to act. Trump's decision on Wednesday, but said they would remain vigilant to ensure the rights of their citizens were respected.
    Don’t deplete assets for Kawhi Leonard

    Don’t deplete assets for Kawhi Leonard

    Their continuous communication with Leonard showed that the Spurs have no interest in undergoing a full-scale rebuild. Spears of ESPN , the 6-foot-5 guard is being eyed by the Philadelphia 76ers as their first pick in the draft.