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Spain Stunned By Russia In Shootout, Eliminated From World Cup

View of the Russian national team training session.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 13: A general view inside the stadium during a Russia training session ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match against Saudia Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Today is the second day of the knockout stage of the World Cup. We just had a major upset.

Host nation Russia stunned Spain in a shootout, eliminating the 2010 champions from the tournament. Russia won the shootout 4-3 with keeper Igor Akinfeev stopping Koke and Iago Aspas to account for the winning margin.

Russia was 4-for-4 on its penalty attempts.

The two teams were tied 1-1 after 120-plus minutes of football. Spain took a 1-0 lead on an early own goal by Russia and had a massive lead in possession throughout the match.

However, Russia used a penalty kick in the 41st minute and a stubborn defense to limit Spain's scoring chances.

In the final FIFA rankings before the start of the World Cup, Spain was ranked 10th, with Russia all the way down in 70th place. Russia was the lowest-ranked team at the tournament.

That's how big of an upset this was.

Now, the hosts move on to the quarterfinals in Sochi. That should be a wild scene.