Russian Federation knock Spain out of World Cup

Jul 02, 2018, 00:46
Russian Federation knock Spain out of World Cup

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

Koke's third penalty for Spain was saved by Igor Akinfeev who then saved Iago Aspas's final shot.

In 2018, he was named Russia's goalkeeper of the year for a record 10th time and his 669 appearances for club and country far surpass those of Soviet Union goalkeeping legends Lev Yashin and Rinat Dasayev.

Russian Federation introduced Aleksandr Yerokhin for Daler Kuzyayev - the first time ever that a fourth substitute had been used at the World Cup - and Asensio fired straight at Akinfeev from the edge of the area before coming off for Rodrigo as Spain also used their fourth sub.

The Russian team played deep in the defense throughout the opening 45 minutes of the match with sporadic offences on the opponent's net bringing no success to the hosts, while Spain maintained the dominance of the ball possession venturing on occasional attacks on the Russian goal from time to time.

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.

Spain has gone three straight major tournaments without a title.

Discussing his worldwide future in January, Pique said: "Yes, I will leave the national team after the World Cup".

Spain enjoyed the majority of the possession as half-time approached but were unable to penetrate Russia's well-organised defence and were punished in the 41st minute.

But after consulting VAR the referee ruled out a penalty.

Aleksandr Golovin carved out their first chance of note, starting a move with a jinking run before bending just wide of David de Gea's left-hand post.

Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement from global football following Spain's penalty-defeat to Russian Federation at the 2018 World Cup.

Sid Lowe's match report from the Luzhniki Stadium will follow.

And the Barcelona defender is now set to quit the national set-up following last-16 exit to Russian Federation. The veteran Barcelona midfielder came off the bench and nearly won the game with an 85th-minute shot well saved by Akinfeev.

Akinfeev dived right on Iago Aspas' kick and with his trailing left leg booted the ball to safety.

While Russia arrived at the finals win-less in eight months before finding some badly-needed form, one of their better results in that period came in a 3-3 draw with Spain last November.

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