Spain was defeated and removed from an opportunity towards the quarterfinals at the 2018 World Cup, despite dominating plays against the 2018 World Cup host, Russia.
Sunday night’s loss displayed Spain falling 4-3 on penalty kicks after fighting out 120 minutes of a 1-1 draw.
Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made two stops in penalty kicks, diving the right way to save the third kick from Koke and then clinched the play on an incredible stop with his outstretched left cleat to knock away Iago Aspas’ final kick.
Spain’s footballer and captain Sergio Ramos insists Spain leave the World Cup with their “heads held high” after being eliminated by Russia on Sunday.
Igor Akinfeev was Russia’s champion after saving penalties from players Koke and Iago Aspas, who dominated possession without creating clear chances.
Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest scorer in World Cup history when the 38-year-old gave Spain an early lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.
An own goal from Ignashevich positioned Spain ahead on 12 minutes, however, Russia was able to level before half-time when Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty after Gerard Pique clumsily handled in the box.
Russia will now challenge the winner of Croatia’s second round showdown with Denmark in the quarterfinal, having accomplished a monumental shock against one of the tournament favorites.