FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia vs Spain - As it happened

 Goalkeeper Akinfeev brilliantly saved Koke and Apsas’ penalties in the shootout, guiding Russia (70 in the FIFA rankings) to a historic win over Spain ( Ranked 10). 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia vs Spain - As it happened
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Moscow:  Hosts Russia are through to the quarterfinals after knocking the 2010 Champions out of the tournament. Spain had over 70 percent of the ball possession throughout the match but lacked inspiration in the final third as Russia defended deep and cramped the Spaniards for space. Goalkeeper Akinfeev brilliantly saved Koke and Apsas’ penalties in the shootout, guiding Russia (70 in the FIFA rankings) to a historic win over Spain ( Ranked 10). 

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FULL-TIME!! Spain 1-1 Russia. (Russia win 4-3 on Penalties)

5- Spain. MISS!  Akinfeev saves Aspas's shot. Russia Win. 

4- Russia. GOAL. Denis Cheryshev. 

4-Spain. GOAL!!! Ramos. 

3-Russia. GOAL!! Golovin. 

3-Spain. SAVED!!! Koke's Penalty is saved by Akinfeev. 

2-Russia. GOAL!  Ignashevich!

2-Spain. GOAL! Pique!

1- Russia. GOAL! Smolov! 

1- Spain. GOAL! Iniesta! 

Spain win the toss, to take the first penalty shot.

penalty shootout!

FULL TIME (Extra-time)!

120+1 minute: Rodrigo picks up a pass on the edge of the box and fires the ball towards the goal but the goalkeeper saves it. 

1 minute of Stoppage time! 

115 minute: Referee calls for VAR to check for a potential penalty but the VAR disregards it. Play-on, says the Referee.  

112 minute: Free-kick to Spain. Once again the defence cramps the Spaniard strikers for space. The match could go into a penalty shoot-out. 

109 minute: Rodrigo sprints into the Russian box from the right but the goalkeeper taps his shot away. That was close.

Half-time (Extra-time)!

105+1 minute: Free-kick to Spain. Koke fires the ball in the middle to find Pique but the latter heads the ball into the hands of the goalkeeper. 

1 minute of Stoppage time!

104 minute: Substitution for Spain. Asensio is replaced by Rodrigo. 

100 minute: Asensio picks up a pass outside the Russian box and attempts a long-range shot but hits it directly into the hands of the goalkeeper. 

97 minute: Substitution for Russia. Kuzyaev is replaced by Erokhin. 

92 minute: Spain's Aspas sprints into Russian penalty box but his cross is blocked by defender Kutepov. That was close. 




End of 90 minutes!

4 minutes of Stoppage time!

89 minute: Corner for Spain. Koke whips the ball in, but the Russian defender clears the ball to the corner. Another corner for Spain. 

3 minutes to go!

83 minute: Spain try to create space in the final third. Iniesta fires a bullet towards the goal but the Russian goalkeeper leaps to his right to block the ball. Aspas attempts another shot from close range but it gets blocked. 

80 minute: Substitution for Spain. Aspas replaces Costa. 

78 minute: Spain have had 76 percent of the possession but they failed to trouble the Russian goalkeeper. The Russian have done well to hold the Spaniards. 

73 minute: Corner for Spain. Asensio whips the ball in the middle but the Russian defence clear the ball to safety. 

71 minute: Yellow card. Russia's Zobnin gets booked for a challenge. 

70 minute: Free-kick to Spain. Substitution for Spain, Nacho is replaced by Carvajal. 

67 minute: Spain's Iniesta replaces Silva. 

65 minute: Substitution for Russia. Smolov in for Dzyuba. 

61 minute: Substitution for Russia. Samedov is replaced by Cheryshev. 

57 minute: That was close. Isco sprints into Russia's box but the ball is blocked by the Russian defence. Corner for Spain. 

57 minute: Corner for Russia. Samedov fires the ball directly to Costa who clears the ball. 

54 minute: Yellow card! Russia's Kutepov gets booked for a challenge on Isco. Free-kick to Spain. 

53 minute: Spain's Nacho chips the ball in to find Asensio in the box but defence block the ball. 

50 minute: Free-kick to Spain on the right flank. Koke whips the ball into the middle but Costa heads it over the crossbar. 

49 minute: While Spain have dominated in the match with more passes than the hosts, Russia have hardly allowed the European side inside their penalty box.

Substitution at half-time. Russia's V. Granat is in for Y. Zhirkov. 

Second-half is underway!



Spain 1-1 Russia!


45+1 minute: Isco chips the ball to find Costa inside the Russian box but the latter heads it straight into the hands of the goalkeeper. That was close. 

2 minutes of Stoppage time!

This was the 26th Penalty in the 2018 World Cup. 

Spain 1-1 Russia!

41 minute: GOAL!!!  Dzyuba fires the ball into the right. Russia equalise. 

39 minute: Free-kick to Russia. Samedov shoots the ball into the middle but Pique concedes a penalty with a handball and gets a yellow card. PENALTY. 

36 minute: Russia's Golovin picks up a pass in the box and attempts to curl the ball into the right corner but hits the ball wide.  

33 minute: Spain hold the possession with their patient passing. Spain have not locked a shot on target so far. 

27 minute: Corner for Russia. The defence clears the ball. Russia look determined but lack quality in the final third. 

Interestingly, Spain are unbeaten in their last 23 games with 15 wins and 8 draws. 

23 minute: Free-kick to Russia outside the box as Dzyuba goes down after a challenge from Ramos. 

16 minute:  The Russians are pushing to hard to get an equaliser but Spain hold majority of the possession. 

Spain 1-0 Russia!

11 minute: GOAL!!! OWN GOAL! Russia's Ignashevich deflects the ball into his own net off a free-kick taken by Isco. Spain take the lead. 

10 minute: Free-kick to Spain in the far corner. This could be dangerous. 

7 minute: Spain operate in the Russian half as they try and create space in the final third. Hosts Russia, on the other hand, are defending deep. 

5 minute: Corner for Russia. Samedov shoots the ball past his teammates in the box. The Spaniards clear the ball. 





Spain XI: De Gea (GK), Alba, Ramos, Pique, Nacho, Busquets, Koke, Asensio, Isco, Silva, Costa.

Russia XI: Akinfeev (GK), Ignashevich, Kutepov, Kudryashov, Fernandes, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Samedov, Kuzyaev, Golovin, Dzyuba.

Considering their turbulent start to the tournament, Spain will be pleased to have safely negotiated the group phase. The 2010 champions played remarkably well in a 3-3 draw with European champions Portugal - just two days after Lopetegui's dismissal - and scraped to a 1-0 victory over Iran before a shaky 2-2 draw with Morocco.

Russia, on the other hand, have been one of the surprise teams of the tournament. 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. They thudded back to earth with a 0-3 loss to Uruguay in their final group match after Igor Smolnikov's 36th-minute red card.

Russia full squad:

Goalkeepers - Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunev

Defenders - Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Sergey Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Andrey Semenov, Igor Smolnikov

Midfielders - Denis Cheryshev, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Gazinskiy, Aleksandr Golovin, Daler Kuzyaev, Anton Miranchuk, Aleksandr Samedov, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Zobnin

Forwards - Artem Dzyuba, Alexsey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov

Spain full squad:

Goalkeepers - Kepa Arrizabalaga, David De Gea, Pepe Reina

Defenders - Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Nacho Monreal, Nacho, Odriozola, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos

Midfielders - Marco Asensio, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Isco, Koke, Thiago, Saul, David Silva, Lucas Vasquez

Forwards - Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo