The upsets are not yet over. If you thought Germany was the only upset then I would say hold on. The hosts held a surprise gift for everyone in the knockouts. Yes you just heard it right. Russia knocked out the mighty and tournament favorite Spain from this year’s world cup.
To be honest the match was not a visually compelling one when it comes to the game, but you can say this that it produced a stunning upset.
Russia the lowest ranked team in the World Cup, beat Spain 4-3 on penalties as the match ended in 1-1 after 120 minutes. The home team whom many picked to go out in the group stage now progresses to the last 8 as they seek to equal South Korea’s record of reaching to the semi final as the hosts. Whereas on the other hand the Spain will be left to rue with another disappointing campaign in the world cup but this time it is better than Brazil as they were eliminated in the group stages over there.
By all measures Spain should have won, as they completed 1029 passes to Russia’s 202. They were dominant on their possession throughout the game. They had the talented pool of players. They had the pedigree, yet none of it was enough. Spain’s only goal came from an own goal by Sergey Ignashevich. The Russian defense stood as a wall and constrained the Spaniard from any chances throughout.
A headed ball from Russia struck the dangling hand of Pique as the referee let the Russians a penalty which was scored convincingly by Artem Dzyuba. As the Spaniards didn’t show any urgency to score as the match wore off to the penalties just what the Russians were happy to see.
Still the former world cup champion were favored over the hosts. But a weak shot from Koke was easily saved by the Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, followed with Golovin and Cheryshev who converted their penalties. Iago Aspas’s shot was flicked away by Akinfeev’s boot to send the crowd at Luzhniki stadium into full throated screams of ecstacy. Whereas Spain’s players, stood shattered in the distance and were left to wonder.