Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. The third last-16 clash of the 2018 FIFA World Cup 2018 sees Spain and hosts Russia go head-to-head at the magnificent 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Spain come into the game off the back of being pushed all the way by a stubborn Morocco side in a 2-2 thriller in Kaliningrad. A lovely 91st-minute backheel flick from Iago Aspas - initially ruled out for offside and then reinstated by VAR - ensured that Spain finished top of Group B (W1, D2, L0).
Group A runners-up Russia (W2, D0), who are making their first appearance in the WC knockout stages since 1986, sealed their place in the last-16 with a game to spare after beating Saudi Arabia (5-0) and Egypt (3-1). Stanislav Cherchesov’s side suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Uruguay in their final group encounter.
Highlights of Spain vs Russia:
Thank you for everything, Andres 😢July 1, 2018
#RUS live on!July 1, 2018
# Aspas misses! Igor Akinfeev the hero!
# Cherychev keeps his calm!
# Ramos converts his penalty!
# Golovin scores for Russia!
# Koke misses! What a save by Akinfeev!
# Sergey Ignashevich scores for Russia!
# Pique scores for Spain!
# Smolov scores for Russia!
# Iniesta converts the first penalty for Spain!
# A penalty shootout is the most dramatic part of any football match and this one is about to start.
# All square after Extra Time and We will witness this year's first penalty shootout!
# 1 additional min. will be played.
# 119' Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Iago Aspas (Spain) is thwarted and cleared to safety.
# 117' Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps highest to head the ball away.
# 115' PENALTY APPEAL after Sergio Ramos (Spain) goes down under a challenge from the defender. All players chase the referee but he's not interested in the penalty claim. Play continues.
# 114' Koke (Spain) sends in a lofted cross from a mid-range free kick. His effort, however, goes out of play.
# 113' Gerard Pique (Spain) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being well blocked by one of the defenders.
# 111' The shots on goal statistics – 8:1.
# 110' Daniel Carvajal (Spain) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players.
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# 109' CHANCE! Rodrigo (Spain) bursts into the box after a fine solo run. He looks up and tries to place a shot into the bottom left corner, but Igor Akinfeev makes a great save to deny him his moment of glory.
# 108' Daniel Carvajal (Spain) swings a cross into the box, but it's far too close to Igor Akinfeev, who smothers the ball.
# 107' Andres Iniesta (Spain) collects a pass from the flank, looks up and fires in a goal-bound shot from the edge of the box which canons off a defender to safety.
# The referee blows his whistle to end the first period of extra-time.
# 105' Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) makes an overly-aggressive challenge and Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle for a foul. It's a free kick to Spain, but it's in no position for a direct shot on goal.
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# 103' Fernando Hierro prepares a substitution. Marco Asensio is replaced by Rodrigo (Spain).
# 102' Iago Aspas (Spain) dribbles into space and finds himself in a shooting position, but his shot from the edge of the box is bravely blocked.
# 100' Marco Asensio (Spain) picks up a pass and tries his luck from mid-range towards the middle of the goal, but Igor Akinfeev is equal to it and makes an easy save.
# 97' The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Aleksandr Erokhin (Russia) is coming onto the pitch as Daler Kuzyayev cannot continue after picking up an injury.
# 97' Koke (Spain) tries to hit a shot towards goal from long range, but he miskicks the ball and it flies high over the crossbar.
# 95' Isco (Spain) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
# 93' Jordi Alba (Spain) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being blocked by one of the defenders.
# 92' Daniel Carvajal (Spain) beats the defender to the ball in the box and shoots, but the ball flashes well past the left post.
# Extra time will now be played as the result of this match was not decided in normal time.
We may have to all acknowledge that yesterday spoiled us a little 🙄July 1, 2018
# The second half has finished, but the result of this match is still yet to be decided, and we will have EXTRA TIME!
# 90+2' Fedor Smolov (Russia) takes a shot from the edge of the area, but it goes harmlessly wide of the right post.
# We will have 4 min. of added time.
# 90' Sergio Ramos (Spain) fails to connect properly with the corner kick and plants his header way over the bar from the centre of the box.
# 90' The resulting corner from Isco (Spain) is cleared. The ball goes behind for a corner. Spain will have an opportunity to threaten the opposition's goal.
# 89' Koke (Spain) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates manage to outjump the defence. The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Spain.
# 88' Denis Cheryshev (Russia) is penalised for holding. Bjorn Kuipers signals a set piece. It's a free kick to Spain, but they probably won't attempt a direct shot on goal from here.
# 85' Iago Aspas (Spain) is first to latch onto the rebound inside the penalty area. He sends a promising shot towards the bottom right corner, but it is denied by the goalkeeper who pulls off a superb save.
# 85' CHANCE! A sweet pass finds Andres Iniesta (Spain) on the edge of the box, and he drills the ball towards the bottom left corner. Igor Akinfeev is almost caught out but pulls off a brilliant save at the last second.
# 84' Andres Iniesta (Spain) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away.
# 83' A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Koke (Spain), is intercepted by the opposition's defence.
# 82' The corner from Marco Asensio (Spain) is cleared away by the defence.
# 82' Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Isco (Spain) is thwarted and cleared to safety. Spain have been awarded a corner kick.
# 80' Daniel Carvajal (Spain) sends a teasing cross into the area, but Igor Akinfeev intercepts the ball.
# 80' It is time for a substitution. Iago Aspas (Spain) is on for Diego Costa.
# 76' Andres Iniesta (Spain) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
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# 74' Marco Asensio (Spain) sends in the corner, but fails to find the head of any of his teammates, allowing the defence to clear.
# 73' A pass by Sergey Ignashevich (Russia) ends up in no man's land, and the attacking effort comes to an end. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Spain.
# 71' Roman Zobnin (Russia) is literally asking for a yellow card with his behaviour. The referee agrees and books him.
# 69' Fernando Hierro prepares a substitution. Nacho is replaced by Daniel Carvajal (Spain).
# 68' 8:5 – the total goal attempt statistics.
# 67' David Silva goes off the pitch and Andres Iniesta (Spain) comes on.
# 66' Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and he loses the ball.
# 65' Stanislav Cherchesov has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Fedor Smolov (Russia) replacing Artem Dzyuba.
# 64' Diego Costa (Spain) is adjudged offside.
30 minutes to go and on a knife edge 😬July 1, 2018
# 61' Substitution. Denis Cheryshev (Russia) in, Aleksandr Samedov out.
# 60' David Silva (Spain) spurns a big chance! He makes himself some space to meet a cross and from near the penalty spot sends a header well wide of the left post!
# 58' Isco (Spain) takes the corner but only sends it into a huddle of the defenders and one of them makes a good clearance.
# 58' Isco (Spain) attempts to send a low pass into the box from the edge of the penalty area, but the opposition's defence knocks the ball to safety. The linesman makes the right call and Spain will have a corner.
# 57' Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
# 55' The free kick is delivered by Marco Asensio (Spain) but it's not one of his best and is easily cleared.
⚽️💨 Seven shots facedJuly 1, 2018
👐❌ Six goals conceded
# 53' Ilya Kutepov (Russia) is literally asking for a yellow card with his behaviour. The referee agrees and books him.
# 53' Sergio Busquets (Spain) reacts well to get to the rebound and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but he fails to get the ball through the players standing between him and the goal.
# 51' Nacho (Spain) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
# 51' Diego Costa (Spain) finds himself some space to meet a beautiful cross from the free kick, and from near the penalty spot he attempts to score with a header. His effort lacks accuracy and floats high over the bar.
# 49' Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) jumps into a tackle and Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle for a foul. Spain have been awarded a free kick.
# 47' Jordi Alba (Spain) picks up a cross inside the box and unleashes a quick shot towards the right side of the goal. His promising effort is kept out by Igor Akinfeev, who pulls off a stunning save!
# Half-time substitution. Stanislav Cherchesov decided to make a change. Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) is replaced by Vladimir Granat.
# The whistle blows and Bjorn Kuipers starts the second half.
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# The first half of today's match has just finished.
# 45+2' Igor Akinfeev makes a superb save to deny a header which was nodded by Diego Costa (Spain) after a cross from the side.
# 45+1' Diego Costa (Spain) runs onto a loose pass inside the box and releases a tremendous shot low towards the middle of the goal. However, Igor Akinfeev anticipates the shot and makes an easy save.
# There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.
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# 41' Goal! Artem Dzyuba (Russia) wins the battle of wills and sends an unstoppable penalty past David de Gea into right side of the goal.
# Gerard Pique (Spain) receives a yellow card.
# 40' The ball spins up and hits the hand of Gerard Pique (Spain) after he fails to control it and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. The referee gives a penalty kick to Russia!!
# 39' Roman Zobnin (Russia) whips the ball in, but it fails to reach any of his teammates as the opposition's defence averts the threat. Russia force their opponents to concede a corner.
# 37' Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle and it's Diego Costa (Spain) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
# 35' CHANCE! Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) takes a short pass in his stride and attempts to beat the keeper from mid-range, but the shot screeches just wide of the right post.
# 30' Mario Fernandes (Russia) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.
# 28' Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) rolls the ball short to a teammate from the corner instead of sending a cross into the box.
# 27' Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) sees an unmarked teammate and attempts to send him a low pass. However, one of the defenders reads the game perfectly and averts the danger. The ball is out of play and Russia manage to earn a corner.
# 25' Isco (Spain) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates.
# 24' Ilya Kutepov (Russia) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition's defence intercepts the ball.
# 23' Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
# 22' Bjorn Kuipers couldn't ignore the rough tackle by Sergio Ramos (Spain) and blew his whistle. Russia get a free kick.
# 19' A pass by Jordi Alba (Spain) ends up in no man's land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
# 18' The ball possession is 74:26.
# 14' A short pass finds Roman Zobnin (Russia). He spots the keeper off his line and shoots from mid-range, but the ball sails high over the bar.
# 13' The game is interrupted as Artem Dzyuba (Russia) is flagged offside.
# 12' OWN GOAL! The free kick is whipped in and the ball hits Sergey Ignashevich (Russia), who finds the back of his own net. 1:0.
# 10' Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) makes a rough challenge and the referee blows for a foul. Spain earn a free kick.
# 8' A crossfield pass from Sergio Busquets (Spain) fails to find any of his teammates.
# 7' Great teamplay by Spain as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
# 6' Isco (Spain) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.
# 5' Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) is in the right place at the right time to receive a rebound and decides to shoot from long range, but his effort is immediately blocked.
# 4' The resulting corner from Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.
# 4' Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) delivers a promising cross into the box, but it's cleared. Russia force a corner. They send men into the box.
# 3' Jordi Alba (Spain) goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him.
# 1' Sergio Ramos (Spain) attempts a long crossfield pass, but the defence does well to intercept the ball.
# Kick off!
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# Both the teams are out and the National Anthems are on!
# Bjorn Kuipers got the nomination for today's game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not make any mistakes.
# Russia were the most clinical team in the group stage with a conversion rate of 25.9%.
# Spain have never been beaten by Russia (W4, D2, GF12, GA4) and boast a perfect record against the Russians in major tournaments (W3, D0, L0, GF8, GA1). The two sides played out a 3-3 friendly draw in their last meeting back in November 2017.
#ESPRUS // FORMATIONS
How would you have lined them up for this game? pic.twitter.com/VggM8Lw1To— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018
# David de Gea has conceded a whopping five goals from just six shots on target in the WC so far, but Spain boss Fernando Hierro has confirmed that the Man Utd star will keep his place between the sticks against Russia.
# Stat attack: Spain are now unbeaten in their last 23 games (W15, D8) and haven’t failed to score in any of those matches.
# Players to watch: No Spain player is hotter than Aspas right now. The quick-witted striker has reached six goals for the national team faster than anybody else (382 minutes). While, Denis Cheryshev was the joint-third top scorer in the group stage alongside Diego Costa with three goals.
# Russia XI: Akinfeev (GK), Ignashevich, Kutepov, Kudryashov, Fernandes, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Samedov, Kuzyaev, Golovin, Dzyuba
# Spain XI: De Gea (GK); Nacho, Piqué, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Koke; Asensio, Isco; Silva; Diego Costa
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Last time #RUS stepped out at the Luzhniki they scored five...July 1, 2018