RUSSIA V SPAIN
- Russia have reached the quarter-final of the World Cup for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union
- Russia recorded a small piece of World Cup history by introducing a fourth substitute for the first time in the finals when Alesandr Erokhin replaced Dair Kuziaev
- Russia’s captain, Igor Akinfeev, 32, won his 111th cap
- Spain broke World Cup records for the most completed passes – 1,006 – since records began
- Spain have lost three of their four World Cup penalty shootouts (1986 v Belgium, 2002 v South Korea and in this match).
- Artem Dzyuba has scored with all three of his shots on target at the 2018 World Cup
- Russia’s defender Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest player to score an own goal at the World Cup, aged 38 years and 352 days
- Including the penalty shootout in this match, Spain goalkeeper David De Gea made just one save in his four matches at the 2018 World Cup
- Although Spain led for 29 minutes and 52 seconds in the first half (between the 12th and 41st minutes), they did not attempt their first shot at goal until the 45th minute
- Sergio Ramos made his 17th appearance for Spain at the World Cup, a record for an outfield Spanish player and equalling the overall record held by goalkeeper Iker Casillas
Russia have reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup after defeating Spain via a penalty shootout in Moscow.
The Russians’ reward for this and for a 4-3 shootout triumph after a 1-1 extra-time draw is a quarter-final against Croatia. The Croats beat Denmark, also on penalties but by 3-2 and also after a 1-1 extra-time draw.
Central defender Sergey Ignashevich gifted Spain the lead by scoring an own goal in the 12th minute. Russia levelled with a penalty by Artem Dzyuba shortly before half-time. The host fought hard for the rest of the 120 minutes to earn the shootout.
Russia’s four marksmen all scored but Koke saw Spain’s third kick saved by Russian captain Igor Akinfeyev and Iago Aspas saw his fifth kick pushed wide.
Spain have now followed the sad homeward trail of Germany, Argentina, and Portugal.
DENMARK V CROATIA
- Croatia have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1998
- Mathias Jorgensen’s goal came in an official 57 seconds, the fastest goal in the finals since Clint Dempsey in 29 seconds for the United States against Ghana in 2014
- The match was only the second in World Cup history to see both teams score inside four minutes, after Argentina v Nigeria in June 2014
- Denmark have now lost two of their three shootouts at major tournaments, having also lost against Spain in the Euro 1984 semi-final. Their single success was against Holland in the Euro 1992 semi-finals
- This was only the second time in which two World Cup-ties both went to a penalty shootout on the same day: the only previous incidence was on June 21, 1986, when France beat Brazil and Germany beat Mexico
- Mario Mandzukic’s equaliser for Croatia after three minutes and 40 seconds was Croatia’s second-fastest World Cup goal, behind only Darijo Srna’s strike against Australia in June 2006 (1:56)
- Since 1966, only one penalty has been taken later in a World Cup match than Luka Modric’s penalty for Croatia (115mins 46secs) – Asamoah Gyan for Ghana against Uruguay in 2010 (121:27), whose penalty hit the crossbar
- Mandzukic scored his third World Cup goal for Croatia (also two goals in 2014), with only Davor Suker (6) scoring more for the Croatians
- Both Croatia and Denmark played their 20th World Cup games in this match, with this was the first time for each nation that any of those 20 games has gone to extra-time
- Denmark have conceded three penalties at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team in a World Cup equalling Greece’s ‘feat’ in 1994
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved three penalties in the shootout to send Croatia through to the World Cup quarter-final after a dramatic win over Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod.
Mathias Jorgensen gave Denmark a first-minute lead only for Mario Mandzukic to level for Croatia inside four minutes of play.
Croatia dominated the first half but Denmark improved in the second half as the game went into extra time where, five minutes from the end, Luke Modric had a penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel.
That took the game to a shootout where both Schmeichel and Subasic were in good form as they saved five penalties between them. Schmeichel saved from Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric while Subasic denied Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone, and Nicolai Jorgensen.
Ivan Rakitic stepped up to clinch a 3-2 shootout win to send Croatia through to the quarter-finals where they will face hosts Russia, who also came through on penalties to beat Spain.
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