#WC2018: Putin put no pressure on Russia to beat Spain

Kristopher Nichols
July 2, 2018

"I think Russian Federation was playing at home but Spain they were a little bit scared of the atmosphere".

"I am speechless because I expected a different game today".

Vladimir Putin called King Felipe VI of Spain after a FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match between the two national teams.

It was also the ninth time that Spain have failed to beat a host of a World Cup or European Championships. Spain won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but has been eliminated in the group stage and Round of 16 at the last two tournaments, respectively.

President Vladimir Putin told Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov that nobody was going to judge his team if they lost to Spain in the World Cup last 16 on Sunday - a match they improbably won.

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And they wasted no time in getting the party started with a DJ playing dance music with thumping bass which shook the floor of the 40,000 capacity fan zone in Vorobyovy Gory, overlooking the Luzhniki Stadium where their heroes pulled off one of the biggest World Cup upsets in recent history.

And Pique handled at the other end to concede a penalty before the break.

Russian Federation is staging its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14. "We left our soul in the pitch".

The home crowd greeted the arrival of extra time as if they had won the World Cup but Spain, seeing several of their rivals dropping to the floor with cramp and exhaustion, were no doubt confident that the hosts would eventually crack if they just kept rolling the ball from side to side. He also ensured the game needed 30 extra minutes with back-to-back diving saves in the 85th to deny substitutes Iniesta and Aspas.

"When I told people "I am going to Russia". they said "Oh, no, be careful" and stuff like that". And then we drew Spain, I thought everything would end.

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