Another candidate who is out of the World Cup in Russia 2018. Spain, which came with great chances of reaching the final, could not with Russia in penalties.
After the 1-1 draw, those led by Fernando Hierro did not succeed in two of the five executions.
With the victory, the host country continues its path in the World Cup. Those led by Stanislav Cherchésov advanced to the quarterfinals and will be measured against the winner that comes out of the duel between Croatia and Denmark.
With a clear control of the ball, the Spanish team tried to control the game from the first minute of the game while the Russians pressed with intensity when the ball fell on the defensive line.
In a play of ball stopped at 11 minutes, appeared the captain Sergio Ramos to help open the scoring. After a lack of Yuri Zhirkov to Nacho from the right wing, Marco Asensio took the center and the defender of Real Madrid fought with Sergei Ignashevich who ended up getting the ball in his own goal.
In the last 10 minutes of the first half, Spain gave the ball to Russia and it was at that time when the host country took advantage. After a corner kick by Yuri Zhirkov, Dziuba nodded and the ball hit a raised arm of Gerard Piqué.
The attacker of Arsenal Tula took advantage of the possibility at 40 minutes and equalized the score with a penalty that ran down and to the right of David De Gea.
In the first 15 of the supplementary “La Roja” kept possession but did not bother the keeper of the host team.
In the second half Rodrigo, the fourth change of Hierro, had a key play on the left wing. Akinféev refused the shot and saved his team.
Spain started the penalty shootout with the right foot thanks to the initial goal of Andrés Iniesta and the same did Fiódor Smólov for Russia. Gerard Piqué and Sergei Ignashévich converted the second for both teams. In the third shot it was Koke’s turn and the first fault.
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Golovin stretched the lead, put the result 3-2. After the conversion of Sergio Ramos, Denis Chéryshev put the 4-3. Finally Iago Aspas missed his shot and Spain said goodbye to the World Cup.