Best images as Russia shock Spain to progress to the last eight of World Cup

A look at some of the best images from hosts Russia's victory over Spain on penalties, at World Cup 2018.

Sport360 staff 2018/07/01
Best images as Russia shock Spain to progress to the last eight of World Cup
Sergio Ramos scores the opening goal after 12 minutes
The Real Madrid star wheels away in celebration
Gerard Pique's hand ball leads to Russia being awarded a penalty
Artem Dzyuba scores a penalty against David de Gea
Russia celebrate their equaliser
Andres Iniesta comes on for David Silva
Spain gather in a huddle ahead of extra time
Russia discuss their tactics for extra time
Koke's penalty is saved by Igor Akinfeev
Iago Aspas misses his penalty
Russia stun Spain on penalties

Russia captain Igor Akinfeev was the hero as the hosts stunned Spain 4-3 on penalties after they played out a 1-1 draw at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

Akinfeev had already made good saves as Russia held on to force extra-time and spot-kicks – but he then saved from Koke and Iago Aspas in the shoot-out.

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov dropped Spanish-based winger Denis Cheryshev and went with five at the back. The limitations of this became obvious when Aleksandr Golovin scampered down the wing in the fourth minute but had nobody to cross to – he held on and settled for a corner.

Spain, meanwhile, passed and passed and passed. And then in the 11th minute, right-back Nacho was fouled just outside the Russian box, giving Marco Asensio no excuse whatsoever but to deliver a ball into the box.

The Real Madrid star did so and it was a fine delivery, but not as good as Sergey Ignashevich made it look. A fortnight short of his 39th birthday, the CSKA stopper is old enough to know you need to watch the ball. Sadly, he had eyes only for Sergio Ramos, who he successfully wrestled to the floor only for the ball to cannon off his heel for a comical own goal.

Here, we take a look at some of the best images from an entertaining game of football.

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