The first four games of the knockout stage served up an epic upset as Russia outlasted Spain…
CROATIA 1 — 1 DENMARK
Croatia prevailed in penalty kicks after blowing an opportunity in extra time to put the game away. Both goalies were excellent, but when it mattered most, Crotia’s was just a little bit excellent-er.
RUSSIA 1 — 1 SPAIN
Spain controlled the ball throughout their match with Russia — making hundreds of more passes than the World Cup hosts — but were unable to find the back of the net outside a Russian own goal. Igor Akinfeev was the hero of the shootout, stopping two penalty kicks from the Spanish side.
URUGUAY 2 — 1 PORTUGAL
Cristiano Ronaldo‘s World Cup came to a disappointing end after having posted a hat trick in Portugal’s opening match of the tournament. Instead, Luis Suarez and defensive-minded Uruguay advanced to face France in the quarterfinals.
FRANCE 4 — 3 ARGENTINA
The biggest story of the match between France and Argentina, wasn’t that it may have marked Lionel Messi‘s last World Cup appearance, but was the two goals by 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé.