Russia successfully bagged the winning crown on Sunday by defeating Spain with a 4-3 on the penalties. This success allowed the team to advance into the quarter-finals of the World-Cup. The semi-finals will be confronted by the Russian team against Croatia.
Igor Akinfeev, Russian keeper managed to save the spot kicks by Lago Aspas and Koke for their first penalty shootout which sent the hosts forward into the game while following the 1-1 draw during the game duration of 120 minutes.
Spain managed to accelerate ahead in the game after a duration of 12 minutes following the free kick by Sergei Ignashevich, 38-year-old player who paired with Spain captain named Sergio Ramos for 10th goal at the tournament. Spain had never defeated any host at the Euros or World Cups.
Russia pitched in an equal level of effort with the player Aleksandr Golovin’s entwined effort which was the only opportunity they had of beating their opponents. However, the game got strong following the noteworthy efforts of Gerad Pique whose handball provided them an open chance to bring the game to an equal level paired with a penalty close to the game’s 42nd minute.
The forward player Artem Dzyuba managed to bag his 3rd goal in the entire tournament which pushed David de Gea, Spain’s keeper towards a wrong way for settlement of the scores which awakened the 78,000 subdued audiences at the Luzhniki Stadium of Moscow.
Even after the mid-time break in the game, the tempo and pace was too slow given the fact that the team didn’t want to allow massive space for the other team with Russians playing along without the out-and-out striker post Dzyuba’s substitution.
Even after attracting a massive 75 percent of the possession, Spain rarely managed to carry them into the goal with the tiki-taka passing strategy. The team had to hold on till the initiation of 85th minute in order to test the potential of Akinfeev with the substitute Andres Iniesta.
With several players exhausted from the long run around the field, Russian team was reduced to a desperate effort of defending during the extra time while Spain still struggled in terms of slicing through the defense tactics of Russia. Akinfeev rescued the team with his fine performance in the 2nd half of the extra time. He managed to save 2 spot kicks and became the national hero leading the team towards the winning standpoint.