Spain lose on penalties 5-4 to Russia and crash out of World Cup 2018

Spain lose on penalties 5-4 to Russia and crash out of World Cup 2018

- Spain have crashed out of the World Cup following defeat to Russia

- Russia made it into the last eight for the first time since 1970 in their history

Russia have shocked Spain to qualify into the quarter finals, winning 5-4 on penalties, after a 1-1 scoreline in regulation time.

Spain scored first in the match as Sergei Ignashevich put the ball into his own net in the first real threat of the match.

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The Russian did not give up as they pushed forward for an equalizer. Artem Dzyuba won a penalty following a hand ball from Gerard Pique

Dzyuba converted the spot kick to level the scores a few minutes before the break. The match had been a cagey affair as the Russians defended in numbers in the second half.

Igor Akinfiev who later became the hero of the Russian side saved a number of chances created by Spain as his opposite number David De Gea had nothing much to do.

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The match progressed into extra time but still no goal from either side as the game went into penalties after a grueling 120 minutes as it ended 1-1.

It was the Russians who had the last laugh as Koke and Iago Aspas missed their spot kicks while the Russians scored all four of of their penalties.

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The host will now face the winner of the Croatia/Denmark match which will be played later in the day.

The star-studded Spanish side now join Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Lionel Messi Argentina as countries eliminated from the World Cup.

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