live

Highlights, Spain vs Russia, FIFA World Cup 2018, Round of 16 in Moscow: Russia clinch tie in penalties

Russia take on 2010 World Cup champions Spain for a place in the quarter-finals. Follow our live blog for scores and updates from Moscow.

FP Sports July 01, 2018 10:46:45 IST
Auto refresh feeds
Highlights, Spain vs Russia, FIFA World Cup 2018, Round of 16 in Moscow: Russia clinch tie in penalties

Highlights

LIVE NEWS and UPDATES

July 01, 2018 - 22:29 (IST)

That's it from us!

Russia upset 2010 World Champions Spain in penalty shootouts. Up next, Croatia take on Denmark. Follow that match on our live blog here. Dasvidanya!

July 01, 2018 - 22:23 (IST)

The hosts' luck in shootouts continues

July 01, 2018 - 22:12 (IST)

Igor Akinfeev saves Iago Aspas' penalty! Russia win!

Akinfeev saves with his trailing leg to send the crowd into raptures! Russia are through to the quarter-finals!

July 01, 2018 - 22:11 (IST)

Spain 3-4 Russia

Denis Cheryshev shoots straight down the middle. De Gea dives to his right. 

July 01, 2018 - 22:10 (IST)

Spain 3-3 Russia

Sergio Ramos sends Akinfeev the wrong way to score.

July 01, 2018 - 22:09 (IST)

Spain 2-3 Russia

Aleksandr Golovin smashes the ball beneath De Gea!

July 01, 2018 - 22:08 (IST)

Spain 2-2 Russia

Igor Akinfeev saves Koke's penalty! Advantage Russia!

July 01, 2018 - 22:08 (IST)

Spain 2-2 Russia

Sergei Ignashevich coolly slots the ball into goal. 

July 01, 2018 - 22:07 (IST)

Spain 2-1 Russia

Gerard Pique sends Akinfeev the wrong way.

July 01, 2018 - 22:06 (IST)

Spain 1-1 Russia

Fedor Smolov smashes the ball beyond De Gea who went the right way.

Considering their turbulent start to the FIFA World Cup, Spain will be pleased to have safely negotiated the group phase, even if they are yet to click under interim head coach Fernando Hierro. The 2010 champions face Russia on Sunday in the Round of 16.

Former Spain international Hierro was named coach on the eve of the tournament, replacing Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked after it was revealed he had accepted an offer to join Real Madrid.

Spain played remarkably well in a 3-3 draw with European champions Portugal — just two days after Lopetegui's dismissal — and scraped to a 1-0 victory over Iran before a shaky 2-2 draw with Morocco.

Russia have been one of the surprise teams of the tournament. Ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, Stanislav Cherchesov's side won their opening match against Saudi Arabia 5-0 before disposing of Egypt 3-1 five days later.

Highlights Spain vs Russia FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 in Moscow Russia clinch tie in penalties

Spain's midfielder Isco and Russia's Aleksandr Golovin. Russia play Spain in their Round of 16 match. AFP

They were brought back to earth with a 0-3 loss to Uruguay in their final group match after Igor Smolnikov's 36th-minute red card.

But one senses that the result against the Uruguayans has done little to dampen team spirit as Russia benefit from a wave of optimism and support that goes along with being the tournament hosts.

While their defence has looked shaky on occasions, Russia have genuine quality in attack. Spain will be wary of the threat posed by Artem Dzyuba, Denis Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin, who have scored six of Russia's eight goals and produced three assists.

Spain also have no shortage of scoring options, even if there are doubts about who will start up front for them at Luzhniki Stadium.

Diego Costa has been Spain's top scorer with three goals but there remains a feeling that the 29-year-old, who thrives in a counter-attacking team like Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid, may not be an ideal fit for Spain.

His battering ram style looks at odds with a side that still prioritises possession and slick triangular passing, hallmarks of their tiki-taka revolution that delivered two European Championships and the World Cup from 2008 to 2012.

The Brazil-born Costa was anonymous for long periods against Morocco, struggling to find pockets of space against the African side's deep-lying defence. The introduction of Iago Aspas, who replaced Costa in the 74th minute, provided Spain with an immediate spark and Hierro might be tempted to start the Celta Vigo player on Sunday, either as a false nine or on a wing.

Hierro also seems undecided about how to set up his midfield, having chopped and changed personnel and formations in the first three matches.

Thiago Alcantara failed to impress in his first start for the tournament against Morocco and an opportunity may be given to Atletico Madrid's Koke against Russia.

But the host nation have a tough task against Spain, especially after Uruguay exposed their weaknesses in their last group match.

However, Russia can expect help from the 81,000 fans in the Luzhniki Stadium and will also take heart from the fact Spain have never beaten a host nation in a major tournament.

Their best hope will be to play a high-energy pressing game in their own half and look for Cheryshev to exploit spaces behind a Spanish defense which tends to push to the halfway line.

With inputs from agencies

Click here for full coverage of FIFA World Cup 2018 

Click here to view the full schedule of FIFA World Cup 2018 

Click here to view the Points Table of FIFA World Cup 2018

Updated Date:

also read

LaLiga: Zinedine Zidane hopes there will be more Clasicos for Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos
Sports

LaLiga: Zinedine Zidane hopes there will be more Clasicos for Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos

Both players' contracts are up at the end of the campaign and Messi is yet to commit to a new deal with Barca after trying to force an exit last summer.

Rowllin Borges interview: 'Good times will come,' says India midfielder in wake of crushing defeat against UAE
Sports

Rowllin Borges interview: 'Good times will come,' says India midfielder in wake of crushing defeat against UAE

Rowllin Borges is aware that India weren’t particularly exceptional against the UAE, saying that the Blue Tigers were unable to implement the ideas Igor Stimac had laid out, although he mentioned that it wasn’t for a lack of effort.