Russia Makes History by Crushing Spain 4-3 During Penalty Shootout

01.07.2018 16:54

Russia Makes History by Crushing Spain 4-3 During Penalty Shootout

Russia will now face either Croatia or Denmark, which also play on Sunday in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.

The match between Russian and Spanish national teams has kicked off in Moscow. Spain qualified from its so-called "group of death" after beating Morocco, while Russia won two matches in the group stage, but was defeated 3-0 by Uruguay.

Spain's defender Sergio Ramos opened the scoring with 1:0 with his strike. However, later it was announced that it was an own goal by Sergei Ignashevich during the 11th minute. Russia defender Sergei Ignashevich has become the oldest player to score an own goal at the World Cup, FIFA said on their official website later.

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

Striker Artem Dzyuba has scored a goal in the 41st minute after Russia had been awarded penalty due to Spanish defender Pique's handball.

Commenting on the goal, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura stated that she thought she heard thunder after Dzyuba's strike.

"Wow what an atmosphere here tonight in Luzhniki Stadium. I thought… after Artem Dzyuba's equalizing goal that I heard thunder, but it was the roar of the Russian fans!" Samoura posted on Twitter.

Russia and Spain tied 1-1 during 90 minutes of the match, thus heading to half of hour overtime.

However, even after the overtime none of the teams managed to take the lead and the game went to a penalty shootout.

Russia goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev has become Russia's second most capped player on Sunday, having shifted former defender Viktor Onopko into the third place. This is the 110th game with the Russian national team for Akinfeev, who made his debut in 2004, while Onopko was capped for Russia 109 times from 1992 to 2004.

38-year-old CSKA Moscow and Russia defender Sergei Ignashevich is Russia's most capped player. The Spain clash is his 126th game with the team since 2002.

The FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match between Russia and Spain is played in front of a sell-out crowd of 78,011 fans, FIFA said on the official website. The official capacity of the stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup is 78,011 people.

Ahead of the key match, Russian striker Artem Dzyuba said that the team would have to "fight to the death" in order to win the FIFA World Cup round-of-16 match against the winners of Group B.

Spain's Starting XI:

David de Gea, Jordi Alba, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Nacho (substituted by Daniel "Dani" Carvajal), Sergio Busquets, Koke, Marco Asensio (substituted by Rodrigo), Isco, David Silva (substitute by Andres Iniesta), Diego Costa (subsituted by Iago Aspas).

Russia Starting XI:

Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Fyodor Kudryashov, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyayev (substituted by Aleksandr Yerokhin), Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov (substitute by Denis Cheryshev), Aleksandr Golovin, Artem Dzyuba (substitute by Fedor Smolov).

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and NHL forward Alexander Ovechkin are attending the match. Spain's Culture and Sports Minister Jose Guirao and Spain's King Felipe VI have also arrived in Russia's capital to support their national team during the game.

The last time Russia played the 2010 World Cup winners Spain was in a friendly in November 2017 where they held their opponents to a 3-3 draw.