Silva wants Spain to use speed at World Cup to beat Russia

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Russian Federation made all four of its attempts in the penalty shootout, while missed penalties from Koke and Lago Aspas ensured Russian Federation its place in the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in its history.

Spain, who have never beaten a host at World Cups or Euros, went ahead after 12 minutes when Sergei Ignashevich bundled into Ramos at the far post, knocking a free kick in with his heel for the 10th own goal of the tournament.

A defensive error let Russian Federation level in the 41st, after Gerard Pique's raised arm blocked a header by Artyom Dzyuba.

"We hope this isn't the last World Cup for this generation".

"It's about tomorrow at 5pm, that's it".

Rubiales was firm with his decision to sack Lopetegui and had no regrets of getting Fernando Hierro on board for Spain.

A historical victory of Russia's team over Spain is an incredible step forward for a home in the tournament.

Spain were in a very interesting group.

"We had opportunities to win this match but we ended up in a penalty shootout which is basically a lottery, and we weren't lucky", he said.

Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive when it dominated the ball in the 90 minutes of regular time. In the end it was a tough group and Portugal also struggled.




"Now we need to share this hard moment".

Russia, on the other hand, have already changed people's minds.

The idea that Spain, boasting a squad bursting with winners at club and worldwide level, could be sent home by the lowest-ranked team in the tournament would have sounded preposterous just a month ago, but as the minutes ticked by at the Luzhniki stadium it seemed ever more likely.

That tally was enough to top their standings and remain unbeaten, but they were breached five times in three outings and were unable to kill opponents off and see games out. "But in the end, we are the ones who have the ball". They played attacking football.

"We know they are an excellent team but we have our assets and we'll use them".

"I don't think you can talk about the team breaking down or there being any sort of collapse", the former Real Madrid captain said. "That's what we have to believe". It does not depend on us, but we would not mind if Hierro continued.

Cherchesov was Spartak Moscow's goalkeeper when they beat Real, with Hierro in defence, over two legs in the European Cup in 1991.

"Overall, this is definitely the saddest day of my career", said Iniesta, who made 131 matches for Spain.

"The Luzhniki Stadium was different then, the weather was different and the team was different, but we beat the Spanish team".

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