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Twitter Hails 'Stratospheric' Akinfeev as Russia Delivers 'Spain-ful' Defeat

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While the Russian and Spanish football teams clashed during the FIFA World Cup match on Sunday, social media outlets erupted with a barrage of memes and joking comments related to the flow of the game.

As the two teams vied to determine who would continue on to the quarterfinals and who would return home in defeat, thousands of football fans and casual observers watched the game and commented on its flow.

Spain was technically the first to score during the match, as Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich landed an own goal.

After a penalty shot allowed Russia to even the score, some users joked about Russian President Vladimir Putin clandestinely aiding his team.

Others poked fun at Gerard Pique’s handball that allowed Russia to take a penalty shot.

A number of people shared their thoughts about the Spanish team.

Moreover, there was also no shortage of people complaining about how boring they thought the match was.

And after the match finally culminated in a penalty shootout after which Russia managed to clutch a stunning 4-3 victory, a stunned audience tried to make sense of what happened.


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