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World Cup 2018: Spain falter against another host nation

first_imgSpain losing to Russia 4-3 on penalties in the Round of 16 match was the fifth time the European nation lost to a host nation in a World Cup.The 2010 champions have never defeated a host country at the tournament. In 1934, they lost twice to hosts Italy, while they lost to hosts Brazil in 1950 World Cup.Before Sunday’s match, the last time they faced a host nation was South Korea in 2002. They lost that match 5-3 on penalties.Also, Spain have now not won a World Cup knockout game in Europe since 1934.On the other hand, Russia victory was the fifth consecutive time a host nation won the penalty shootout at the World Cup.World Cup 2018: Russia stun Spain in penalty shootout to reach quarter-finalsBefore Russia, the other four winners were France in 1998, South Korea in 2002, Germany in 2006 and Brazil in 2014.Spain opened the scoring with an own goal from Sergei Ignashevich. The own goal meant Russia became the first team to score multiple own goals in a World Cup tournament since 1966. Bulgaria were the last team to do so.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGERussia’s Aleksandr Yerokhin made a little piece of World Cup history when he became the first man to appear as a fourth substitute, when he came on in the extra time.FIFA introduced a new regulation for the 2018 World Cup that allowed teams to use a fourth replacement in extra time, and coach Stanislav Cherchesov took advantage of it halfway through the first period, sending on Yerokhin for Daler Kuzyayev.advertisementWorld Cup 2018: Russia’s heroic goalkeeper was hoping for penalty shootoutRussia’s victory also means that at least one of this year’s finalists will not have reached the title decider for half a century, if at all.Former finalists England, who played their one final when they won the title in 1966, and Sweden, who lost to Brazil on home soil in the 1958 final, are still in the half of the draw vacated by the 2010 champions after their loss to the hosts.Also still alive in their section of the draw are Croatia and Denmark, who face off in Nizhny Novgorod later on Sunday and have previously done no better than a single semi-final and quarter-final appearance respectively.Lowest ranked team of World Cup 2018 shocks former world championsRussia will face the winners of that match, hoping to continue to benefit from the hosts’ dividend to better the single semi-final appearance that the Soviet Union achieved in 1966.Switzerland, who have never done better than the spot in the last eight they achieved as hosts in 1954, take on the Swedes on Tuesday in St Petersburg with the winners going on to face England or Colombia.Colombia, whose best finish was their run to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago, take on the English in the last round-of-16 match later the same night in Moscow.The last addition to the elite group of 12 nations who have contested World Cup finals was France when they won the title for the first time in Paris in 1998.last_img

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