Russia Shocks Spain in World Cup Knockoutq

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Russian Federation were clearly happy to play for penalties at this point, but it was still notable how hard Spain found it to create good chances.

Attention now turns to the 7pm kick-off between Denmark and Croatia.

However, Russia got a penalty five minutes before the break with Gerard Piquè penalised for a raised arm.

Late in the second half of extra time Spain players charged towards the referee to demand a penalty after Piqué was jostled in the box as he tried to reach a free-kick.

DF Jordi Alba, 5 - Much quieter than usual and lost his battle on the wing against Russia's impressive wing-back Mario Fernandes.

MF Koke, 5 - Brought some stability to the centre of midfield, dealing well with attempted Russian Federation counterattacks.

Iniesta almost got the victor for Spain in the closing stages with a half-volley from outside the box but goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made a good save. Safe and sound, but not penetrative, in possession. "The fact that the game will be at Luzhniki Stadium with nearly 80,000 people supporting us is probably the only good effect from the fact we finished second in our group", said Ignashevich. "They are better than us in many ways so I don't believe we should risk going forward, and I think we chose the correct tactic".

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MF Isco, 6 - Again with some lovely touches on the ball, and looked the most likely to create something out of nothing.

"I haven't felt such emotions in a long time, not only because of the football but in life in general".

The excitement of the first half dissipated soon after the restart as the game fell into a rather boring rhythm of Spain dominating possession without truly threatening. Nearly set up a chance for Isco after the break, but "almost" was not really enough.

A low 20-yard drive was palmed away by Akinfeev at full stretch, with the angled follow-up from Aspas also pushed to safety.

Spain subs: Daniel Carvajal, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo Moreno, Thiago Alcantara, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Odriozola, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Iago Aspas, Pepe Reina. That spot kick gave an indication of what was to follow.

Spain's last chance to avoid extra-time saw Ramos direct a header well over the crossbar from a 90th-minute corner, while Fedor Smolov missed the target with a curling effort that sailed past the far post from 17 yards out on the left in stoppage time.

Their match against Spain didn't exactly get off to a dream start.

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