World Cup: Monreal's Spain are knocked out

Nacho Monreal

Nacho Monreal's Spain were knocked out of the World Cup on Sunday after a shock penalty shootout defeat to Russia.

Our left-back was an unused sub as Fernando Hierro's side dominated straight from the off and they took the lead through a Sergei Ignashevich own goal in the 12th minute.

But despite remaining firmly in control and creating a host of chances, Spain were pegged back before the interval when Artem Dzyuba converted from the spot.

The 2010 winners pressed throughout the second half and then extra-time but could find no way through, so the game went to penalties.

Misses from Spain's Koke and Iago Aspas proved costly as Russia converted all of their spot kicks to seal a quarter-final place.

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