World Cup 2018 - Round of sixteen

Spain 1 – Russia 1 (3-4 penalty shoot out)

Spain: De Gea; Nacho (Dani Carvajal 66’), Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Koke; Marco Asensio (Rodrigo 103’), Isco, David Silva (Iniesta 66’); Diego Costa (Iago Aspas 69’). 4-2-3-1.
Russia: Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevic, Kudriashov, Zhirkov (Granat 46’); Zobnin, Kuziaev (Erokhin 96’), Golovin, Samedov (Chetshev 59’): Dzyuba (Smolov 64’). 5-4-1.

0-1. 12. Ignashevic (own goal). Turned in Asensio free kick pressured by Ramos
1-1. 41. Dzyuba (penalty). After the ball hit Piqué’s raised arm inside the area.

Yellow cards: Piqué 39’, Kutepov 53’, Zobnin 70’.

Penalty shoot-out: 1-0. Iniesta; 1-1. Smolov; 2-1. Piqué; 2-2. Ignashevic; 2-2. Koke (saved); 2-3. Golovin; 3-3. Sergio Ramos; 3-4. Chertshev; 3-4. Iago Aspas (saved).

Its all over, Spain have been prematurely knocked out of the World Cup after losing to Russia on penalties! La Roja had lost all eight games against the host nation in major competitions before this one, but they had the better of play early on, and they took the lead when Ignashevic turned in a wide Marco Asensio free kick under pressure from Sergio Ramos. However an ultra-defensive and physical opponent kept them at bay after that, and with four minutes to go to half time Dzubya levelled the scores from the penalty spot after the ball hit Piqué’s upraised arm in the area. Akinfeev made good saves from Iniesta and Aspas after the break, and from Piqué and Rodrigo in extra time, but with no more goals it went to the penalty shoot-out. The Russian keeper stopped spot kicks from Koke and Aspas though, and Fernando Hierro’s side were on their way home.