Russia defeats Spain, Croatia defeats Denmark

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SPAIN became the latest victim to fall to a rampaging Russian juggernaut as it went down in a penalty shootout.
The host nation sat back and allowed Spain to control the ball for the majority of the game and escaped with the victory in penalties after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The loss prompted Spanish veteran Andres Iniesta to confirm his retirement from international football after 131 caps for his country.
Russia’s stunning run in the Cup continues and it will now move on to the quarter-finals where it will face Croatia, who overcame Denmark in a thrilling encounter that also went to penalties.
The Danes opened the scoring in less than a minute, only for the Croatians to hit back with an equaliser three minutes later. Neither side could break the deadlock after that as the match went into penalties where Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero.
That advantage only lasted until the 3:40m mark though as Croatia hit back with its first attacking raid. A Danish defender tried to clear a ball from inside the area but he kicked it straight into a teammate’s head. The ball rebounded back towards goal and landed at Mario Mandzukic’s feet and he slammed the ball past Schmeichel and into the back of the net to make it 1-1.
It was the earliest two goals have been scored in any knockout match in World Cup history, and the first time either side has conceded from open play at this tournament. “Simply astonishing,� the commentator said.