Three changes for Spain as Hierro drops star player for Russian Federation clash

FIFA World Cup 2018, Round of 16: FPJ's dream XI predictions for Spain vs Russia

And they would eventually succumb to the hosts on penalties, after Iago Aspas and Koke missed their spot-kicks.

Russia's Sergei Ignashevich, front, scores an own goal during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. The Spanish players are incensed that they haven't been awarded a penalty kick for what they perceived to be a foul in the box.

Russian Federation will face either Croatia or Denmark, who were meeting later on Sunday, in Sochi on July 7. He's bound to be a national icon and a hero after the performance of his life, and it's also one of the biggest upsets we've seen in Cup history when it comes to Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

Both defenders were involved in the defining incidents of this last-16 clash, which ended 1-1 and resumed in Russian Federation winning the shootout.

Meanwhile, Spain's rotten run against host nations at major tournaments continues.

The 34-year-old dropped to the bench for the last-16 clash, having started all of Spain's three group games, but was introduced on 67 minutes for his 131st global cap.

Isco produced a series of regal touches with Spain's King Felipe VI among those in the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Russian Federation equalized shortly before half-time.

Spain enjoyed the majority of the possession as half-time approached but were unable to penetrate Russia's well-organised defence and were punished in the 41st minute.

They entered Sunday's World Cup round of 16 match against Russian Federation 0-3 against host nations.

But after consulting VAR the referee ruled out a penalty.

Russia's defence was almost superhuman as they closed down the more talented Spaniards without flagging for 120 minutes, maintaining their shape and never allowing themselves to be exposed even when they mounted a rare counterattack.

Iniesta replaced David Silva, while Costa was withdrawn for Aspas, and the two substitutes went close to winning it late in regulation time.

Lamenting his side's failure to make more of their chances, he said it was a great shame two years of hard work and good results had come to an end "in a shoot-out which is basically a lottery and we weren't lucky".

At this point, Spain had not had a shot on goal but twice in added-on time, Diego Costa attempted to regain his side's advantage, only to see a shot from an acute angle and a header saved by Igor Akinfeev.

Aspas was ready to go into celebration mode - he knew right away that Akinfeev guessed wrong.

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