Spain were one of the heavy favorites left in the field heading into the Round of 16, but on Sunday host nation Russia stunned them with a victory achieved on penalty kicks.
The game was all tied up at 1-1 after regulation, prompting a penalty-kick finish. The reason it was tied in the first place will likely be a source of angst for Spain and their fans for years to come.
Reason that Russia a penalty kick to tie the game in relegation was this handball by Shakira's husband Piquepic.twitter.com/V2JBGKXkHg
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) July 1, 2018
Russia won the lively penalty kick conclusion, 4-3, thanks to four straight makes, two misses by Koke and Iago Aspas and a gorgeous save by Igor Akinfeev.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018
⚽️ World Cup 2018 Russia.
Russia beat Spain today after penalty. 1-1 after full time. pic.twitter.com/SWYEba7575
— Travel by Daniel (@TravelbyDaniel) July 1, 2018
Kick save ! Lol incredible.
— James Espinosa🎙👨🏻🏫 (@SirEdwardJames) July 1, 2018
The stunning finish sends Spain packing and Russia one step closer to winning the World Cup in 2018.
AMAZING: The reaction in Moscow's fan park when Russia beat Spain on penalties. pic.twitter.com/ECcWfaecoe
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 1, 2018
Twitter had many varied reactions to this stunning outcome.
I love that Russia won. They played great defense, and on their six shots they scored one. So don’t be upset when your team loses to a team that is worse on PK’s
— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) July 1, 2018
That kick save in round 5 is the goalkeeper's equivalent of little kids dreaming of hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th in the World Series. I've dreamt and thought of making that against TA FC for years.
— Shawn Wheeler (@zag08) July 1, 2018
Spain had over 1000 successful passes in that game and lost. That surely must be a record?
— Steve Ward (@WardyPne) July 1, 2018
Argentina 61% possession,
Portugal 68% possession,
Spain 79% possession,
Possession is not everthing.
— RusydiLemon (@RusydiLemon) July 1, 2018
Cant believe Spain have gone out to this Russia team. My favourites before the tournament began but ultimately didnt have the final cutting edge. Tournament is wideeee open.
— . (@Totalfootie7) July 1, 2018