Russia defeated Spain on penalties to earn victory after the inaugural shootout of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Koke saw his effort saved by Igor Akinfeev, before Iago Aspas's unsuccessful spot kick sent the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow into delirium.
Uruguay, the team with the best defensive record in the group stage at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ with zero goals conceded, held firm to sink Portugal 2-1 in Sochi on Saturday to set up a quarter-final tie against France.
The Russia 2018 dream for Argentina is over thanks to a France team that was simply far better. La Albiceleste could not profit from taking a 2-1 lead, and in only 11 minutes lost everything they had worked so hard for.
What a match. I can’t believe what has just happened. The Miracle of Kazan, however, was not enough for the Taeguk Warriors to make it through to the next round. But this should be enough for them to return home with their heads held high.
A late Marcos Rojo goal sent Argentina into the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ knockout stages in dramatic style. Needing a win to have any chance of progression, the defender volleyed La Albiceleste 2-1 in front in the 86th minute to break Nigerian hearts.
For the first time in history, Croatia won their third game at a World Cup. They started really well, dominating the ball and their confidence was showing. Terrific goals from Milan Badelj and Ivan Perisic secured another three points and Dalic's plan succeeded.