Moscow :Host nation Russia beat Spain in a penalty shootout to move into the World Cup quarter-finals and knock out the 2010 winners at the jam-packed Luzhniki Stadium. After Spain’s World Cup exit, captain Sergio Ramos took to Twitter and posted an emotional message. “It hurts a lot but nobody should doubt that we’ll be back to try again and again. Some will go and others will come along but we’ll all defend this shirt with passion and respect. In defeat I feel even more proud of being Spanish,” Ramos’ post read.
Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich’s own goal in the 12th minute opened Spain’s account before Artem Dzyuba struck in the 41st minute to equalise.
In the penalty shootout, Koke and Iago Aspas missed their attempts for Spain while the Russians converted their first four spot kicks.