Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Spain stuck on 99 World Cup goals until at least Qatar 2022

Spain stuck on 99 World Cup goals until at least Qatar 2022

Sunday's last-16 fixture between Spain and Russian Federation produced one of the most sensational results of all time at the World Cup as reigning champions Spain were dumped out by Russian Federation.

Sunday's 2018 FIFA World Cup action features two games: Spain vs. Russian Federation and Croatia vs. Denmark in the Round of 16.

When Spain took the lead against Russian Federation through a Sergei Ignashevich own goal in the 12th minute, it was presumed they would ease to a comfortable victory to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Hierro said that Spain did everything right but that "football is like that" after his side dominated the tie over 120 minutes only to go out on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Naturally, the world was shocked by this upset, with some of the best reactions coming at Spain's expense.

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Remarkably, though, Stanislav Cherchesov's charges are now just two wins away from the World Cup final.

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Cherchesov introduced Cheryshev for Alexander Samedov on the hour, a move greeted by a deafening roar from the home support. Suddenly, Russia are brimming with confidence and Spain look patchy at best.

Akinfeev stopped kicks from Koke and Iago Aspas, while Russia's marksmen scored all four penalties they took.

"We have a team to keep dreaming", the 32-year-old said on Spain's Telecinco channel.

Spanish midfielder Andreas Iniesta thanks the crowd after the game.

'This was my last game for Spain, ' Iniesta told reporters. "On a personal level, it's the end of a wonderful phase".

Huge men with painted faces held each other in bear hugs and cried tears of disbelief and joy, while others screamed the rallying cries of "Russya" and "Igor, Igor Akinfeev".

A total of 32 national football teams entered the 2018 FIFA World Cup and only 16 of them proceeded to the knockout phase after the group stage, which kicked off on June 14 and ended on June 28. "Whenever you are knocked out of a World Cup, it is very painful".

"Incredible. The last 10 minutes of the match I lost 10 years of my life but in the end, we are through to the quarterfinal".

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