Spain Captain Sergio Ramos Trolled For Celebrating Russia's Own

02 July, 2018, 15:32 | Author: Jared Lewis
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"I'm not the man of the match, the man of the match is our team and our fans", said Akinfeev, after each converted penalty, and his saves from Koke and Iago Aspas, were greeted with a deafening roar from a crowd of 78,011 at the Luzhniki Stadium. However, Cherchesov refused to get carried away and spoke like a man on a mission after his side booked a quarter-final clash with Croatia. 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.

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

Sergio Ramos is teary-eyed, Andres Iniesta, who has played his last World Cup match, is gutted.

The 2010 world champions continued to pass amongst themselves, creating little. It was delivered to Artem Dzyuba, who met it firmly with his head only for Gerard Pique to bat it down, volleyball style.

Russian Federation were largely expected to just make up the numbers at their own tournament after entering with a seven-match winless run and ranked the lowest of the 32 teams.

"In the second half, we were trying to defend".

Aspas and Koke missed their penalties and Spain were done and dusted.

And it was those two who almost won it for Spain with five minutes to go, when first Iniesta and then Aspas fired shots at Akinfeev's goal - only for the skipper to parry both away.

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Spain, who have never beaten a host at World Cups or Euros, went ahead after 12 minutes when Sergei Ignashevich bundled into Ramos at the far post, knocking a free kick in with his heel for the 10th own goal of the tournament. They had, however, out-passed the home side 845 to 224.

As it turned out, Russian Federation held firm for 90 minutes, came up with an equalizer after conceding an early own-goal and forced extra-time, thanks to some body-on-the-line and mind-over-matter defending.

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

Russian Federation hung on in extra time to beat Spain on penalties in a shock result that sends the hosts through to the last eight of World Cup 2018.

Rodrigo almost won it five minutes later, when he beat his man with a dummy, sprinted into the box and fired a shot Akinfeev again did well to save.

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

Akinfeev, who started his professional career by saving a spot kick in his first ever match, then kicked Aspas' penalty high and wide to trigger wild celebrations.

It was all pass.pass.pass with no real objective, especially after they got the first goal through Ignashevich's own goal in the 12th minute.

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