When Ivan Rakitic sent Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way with the final penalty to send Croatia into the last 8, Croatian fans all around the world went insane. Crowds at home went especially insane after Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic nailed his penalty shot into the left corner off his right foot, securing his nation's place in the final eight.
In four matches in his first World Cup appearance, David de Gea goes home having effected just one save in the entire tournament.
Spanish captain Sergio Ramos was in tears on the pitch after losing to Russian Federation in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
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Argentina , meanwhile, needed a late goal from Marcos Rojo to finish second in Group D. In the 80 years since then, they've lost four knockout games.
In addition to scoring the World Cup's winning goal in 2010, Iniesta had also been key for Spain when it won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with its tiki-taka style modeled on Barcelona's ball-possession game.
Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.
"In the second half, we were trying to defend", Akinfeev said after Russian Federation won 4-3 on penalties when the match ended at 1-all.
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With Colombia leading Senegal 1-0 in the group's other tie, defeat nevertheless wouldn't have been decisive for Japan . Japan will go on to face the victor of the Belgium v England match in the Round of 16.
And Pique handled at the other end to concede a penalty before the break.
The Russians never stopped running - not even 38-year-old Ignashevich and surely they exceeded their tournament average of 110km covered - and maybe Spain were banking on them to tire in the extra 30 minutes.
It is the biggest upset ever in the knockout stage and the third biggest upset overall in World Cup history. "Now we see that people are playing with a line of five that we thought had been forgotten". Hernandez is 38 and left the national team after Spain's first-round elimination in 2014.
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But the Spaniards just seem to revert to their pre-2008 frustrating selves - full of ability but no end product as they kept up a freakish record of nine losses to World Cup and European Championship hosts since 1934. "The national team will push ahead because it still has players of quality and that's what they need to try". Spain's identity is recognisable, " Hierro said.