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Top 5 Records Set During Phenomenal Russia-Spain, Croatia-Denmark Matches

© Sputnik / Yevgeny Odinokov / Go to the photo bankRussian fan celebrates victory in match against Spain in Moscow on July 1.
Russian fan celebrates victory in match against Spain in Moscow on July 1. - Sputnik International
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The intense round of 16 matches between Russia and Spain, as well as between Croatia and Denmark, led to a number of record achievements attained by footballers who took part in the games.
  • For the first time since 1986, two World Cup matches held on the same day had to be resolved via penalty shootouts.
  • Russia became the first country to score two own goals during the same tournament: Cheryshev’s own goal during Russia’s match with Uruguay and Ignashevich’s own goal during Russia’s match with Spain.
  • Also, Ignashevich, at the age of 38 and 352 days, became the oldest footballer to score an own goal in the history of the World Cup.
  • Spain’s footballers also completed a total of 770 passes before extra time, the highest number in a single World Cup match ever.
  • By performing three saves during the penalty shootout between Denmark and Croatia, Danijel Subasic tied a World Cup record with former Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo who performed a similar feat in 2006.

The round of 16 FIFA World Cup match between Russia and Spain was held on July 1 in Moscow, with the Russian team advancing to the quarterfinals after a shootout victory.

On that same day, Denmark and Croatia also resolved their round of 16 match via a penalty shootout, with Croatia emerging victorious.

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