Spain bombed out of the World Cup in a massive shock defeat against Russia.
In the first match in Russia 2018 to be decided on penalties, Spain’s stars missed twice to go down to the unfancied hosts.
Some of world soccer’s biggest players, Andres Iniesta among them, could hardly watch as the drama unfolded as a result of the 1-1 extra time tie. Atletico Madrid’s Koke missed first with a tame shot that was saved and then Iago Aspas hit his penalty against the keeper Akinfeev’s legs and it was all over.
The former world champions couldn’t transmit their tica-taca style into goals and the Russians defended stoutly with little ambition.
With Germany, Argentina, Portugal and now Spain out the route to the final has suddenly opened up for the teams left in the tournament.