Pain, luck, fans, and God see Russian Federation home over Spain

Stanislav Cherchesov | Russia

After both teams converted their first two PKs, Russia took the lead in the third round when Igor Akinfeev stopped Koke's attempt. They will face the victor of the following Round of 16 tie between Croatia and Denmark. Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov couldn't even bear to watch, turning his back on the action as the weight of the country's expectations fell on Artem Dzyuba's shoulders.

Yuri Zhirkov gave away a free kick when he fouled Nacho on the right and, when Aesnsio curled the cross in, Ignashevish tangled with Sergio Ramos at the far post and the ball flew in off the defender.

The Real Madrid star did so and it was a fine delivery, but not as good as Sergey Ignashevich made it look.

The record had been held by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares who scored in his own net in the 2014 World Cup match against France at the age of 37 years and 43 days.

"We are certainly very proud to enjoy the victory over the 2010 world champions and this is a very fantastic result". It was delivered to Artem Dzyuba, who met it firmly with his head only for Gerard Pique to bat it down, volleyball style.

Modric didn't hide in the penalty shootout.

Spain coach Fernando Hierro left 34-year-old Iniesta on the bench for the last-16 match against Russian Federation, but he came on as a second-half substitute.

But the Spaniards just seem to revert to their pre-2008 frustrating selves - full of ability but no end product as they kept up a freakish record of nine losses to World Cup and European Championship hosts since 1934. This is truly a sensational journey for the home side.

With four minutes of the second period of extra time played, Rodrigo ran at the Russian Federation defence but Akinfeev saved his shot, with Carvajal's follow-up blocked.

Spain soon made their fourth change, too, introducing Valencia forward Rodrigo.

Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov believes the World Cup hosts' shock victory over title contenders Spain on penalties, following a 1-1 draw in the last 16 on Sunday, "is only the beginning". The 34-year-old Barcelona midfielder came off the bench and nearly won the game with an 85th-minute shot well saved by Akinfeev.

Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive when it dominated the ball in the 90 minutes of regular time.

Apart from the own-goal on the night, the attempted clearance deflecting off Costa into Iran's goal was vital to their progression to the Round of Sixteen and they got out of jail in their final group stage encounter against Morocco.

Despite 75 percent possession and more than 1,000 passes, Spain's famed tiki-taka got them nowhere and they had to wait until the 85th minute to test Akinfeev with a low drive from substitute Andres Iniesta.

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