Spain vs. Russia 2018 World Cup: Russia pulls an upset for the ages

Spain 1, Russia 1 (Russia advances, 4-3 on penalty kicks) 

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Setting off a massive celebration in Moscow and across the country, Russia advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday by upsetting Spain, 4-3 on penalty kicks, after regulation and 30 minutes of added time ended in a 1-1 draw.

The upset is one of historic proportions. Russia entered the World Cup with the lowest FIFA ranking (70) of any team in the field of 32 and FIFA reported it was the third-biggest upset in terms of ranking differential (60; Spain came in at 10 in the FIFA rankings) in World Cup history. It is the biggest upset in the knockout stage.

(South Africa-France in the 2010 group stage was the biggest upset, with a ranking difference of 74; Nigeria-Spain in the 1998 group stage was the second biggest with a 70 ranking differential.)

The victory puts the host country’s team into the quarterfinals, where it will face the winner of the Croatia-Denmark match at 2 p.m. Friday in Sochi.

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