Russia Passed Round of 16 Sent Spain Home After Penalty Kicks Challenge, people in Moscow takedown the street celebrating this moment. Russia eliminated Spain on penalty kicks, 4-3, after a 1-1 tie on Sunday that extended through 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time.
When everyone was in doubt about the lowest ranked in the field of the Russian National Team one man Stanislav Cherchesov the team manager was always confident on the potentiality of his team, he had told reporters on Saturday afternoon that “Russia can be a good team if everyone tries to do their job.”
Behind his fearsome mustache, Stanislav Cherchesov for the local media considers his declaration lightly, the fans think hehe behave as a poker player bluffing with the cards but actuality had nothing in his hands.
Nevertheless, the coach knows what he was talking about playing with Spain a favorite team must be taken seriously, for this particular reason he reorganizes the Russian team respond, react and score in this knock-out match game. But Cherchesov seemed to know better. He thought his team had more to give. And he was right.
The outcome is simple Russia defeated Spain on penalties to earn a victory after the inaugural shootout of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. If the 90 minutes Russia was defending more then play, Koke saw his effort saved by Igor Akinfeev, before Iago Aspas’s unsuccessful spot kick sent the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow into delirium.
It had all started so well for La Roja – who silenced the Luzhniki in the opening moments – a set-piece providing the opportunity for Spain to take the lead. Sergio Ramos proved a nuisance to Sergei Ignashevich, and the veteran defender turned the ball into his own net.
But Russia did not wilt in the sticky Moscow evening. The imperious Artem Dzyuba revelled in his battle with Ramos and Gerard Pique, and another one of his victorious skirmishes against the latter resulted in the Barcelona man handling inside the box. Dzyuba himself stepped up and sent David De Gea the wrong way.
The second half settled into a pattern of Spanish possession and Russian counter-attacks, but beside a late save by Akinfeev from Andres Iniesta, neither side looked ready to win the game in normal time. A brave defensive performance from Russia in extra time earned them a penalty shootout against the 2010 winners, where Akinfeev was ultimately the hero.