Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 06:00 pm
Russia have eliminated 2010 World Cup winners Spain in the tournament's first penalty shootout to secure a spot in the last eight of the competition.
At last, heroic performance displayed by Russia helped them to advance into the quarterfinal of Fifa world cup 2018 after defeating World cup winner Spain in a penalty shootout by 4-3. Host nation Russia gave one of the toughest challenge to one time World cup winner Spain in Round of 16 fixtures day 2.
Neither Spain nor Russia could end the game within 90 regular minutes or in an added extra minutes.
and it all came to the Penalty shootout where Spain were brought down by Russia. Spain has won previous three penalty shootouts in world cup fixtures, where Russia faced their first ever penalty shoot out in FIfa world cup history
David De Gea, one of the best goal keepers today could not stop any of Russia's penalty kick. Fyofor Smolov,Sergie Ignashevich,Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev all successfully converted their penalty into goals where as Iniesta, Gerrard pique and Sergio Ramos calmy converted the penalty kick into the goals when Koke and Iago Aspas missed penalty costed Spain out of FIfa world cup campaign.
It all started when Sergie Ignashevich scored an owl goal in the 13 th minute and gave lead to the Spain. in a beautiful freekick delivery by Isco, Ramos and Sergie physically tangled to each other and ball into the back of the post through Sergie's leg.
Spain holding the Possession most of the time couldnot extend their lead further, when Gerrard Pique accidentally handled the ball and conceeded penalty in 41th minute. Dzuyba calmy converted the penalty and send David De Gea the other side and equalised the match 1-1. Spain holding 79% possesion, completing 1114 passes and 24 shots, Spain was denied a goal by Russians. Spain has never defeated any host nation in any edition of FIfa world Cup or Euro Cup so far. Football pundits were guessing Spain will end the curse this time for sure. As of now, nobody could predict when that is going to happen or never will.