Spain ready to take on Russian Federation and history in Moscow showdown

Spain ready to take on Russian Federation and history in Moscow showdown

Spain ready to take on Russian Federation and history in Moscow showdown

Spain were sensationally dumped out of the World Cup by hosts Russian Federation, with goalkeeper David de Gea enduring a miserable tournament.

And Super Deporte asked Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who lured Spain coach Julen Lopetegui away from the national team on the eve of the tournament, "Are you satisfied?"

Aspas almost picked out Carvajal with a cut-back seconds into the start of extra time, which saw Aleksandr Erokhin come on as Russia's fourth sub - the first time the rule has been applied at the World Cup.

Zlatko Dalic's team scored at least two goals in each of their three group matches, including firing three past hapless Argentina, to stake a claim as one of the dark horses in this tournament. Still, World Cup history was on Russia's side after its well-organized team survived two hours of barely having the ball.

Russia's Artyom Dzyuba, right, runs to celebrate after scoring his side's first goal from a penalty kick past Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, left, during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. "The players did their best, as always".

Fernando Hierro made the bold decision to drop Andres Iniesta for Koke in central midfield, with Marco Asensio handed his first start of the competition.

The Russians, whose win triggered wild celebrations around the country, next face Croatia in the last eight, and Akinfeev said the euphoria would now need to subside.

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"We're going home after 24 matches without losing", Hierro said.

But they won't have numerous veterans to help them, as Iniesta officially retired from the national team and many others are unlikely to be back for the next World Cup. "The national team has given everyone a party, but that's history, we want something more", he said. "Putin said that the main thing in sports is the result, and this result is victorious for our team".

A defensive error let Russian Federation level in the 41st, after Gerard Pique's raised arm blocked a header by Artyom Dzyuba. Artem Dzyuba stepped up and set De Gea the wrong way to tap the ball into the net for the equalizer.

The match ended with the Sport Express daily running just one word across its front page: "HURAAAAAAAY!" He also made a bad mistake in the opener against Portugal, letting a weak shot from Cristiano Ronaldo go underneath him for a goal.

"I am not in favour of many changes", Ramos said.

The team's reserve goalkeepers at the World Cup were veteran Pepe Reina and youngster Kepa Arrizabalaga. So we will do everything possible to go further.

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