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.
Thought Impractical Joker @jamessmurray was on the pitch. Then after that joke of a tackle/ own goal, I’m still pretty sure he’s switched places with Ignashevich! 😂 #worldcup #lookalike #SPNRUS pic.twitter.com/ws6qaNC1oH— Christina ‘Gooner’ Swain (@Go0nerette) 1 июля 2018 г.
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.
Poor #Iniesta — what a wonderful player. Sad way to end his time with the Spanish team. #Spain have been a really strong team for so many years. Lots of brilliant players, capable of such beautiful football. Till the next world cup! #SPARUS #ESPRUS #WorldCup2018 #WorldCup— Femme Footballe (@FemmeFootballe) 1 июля 2018 г.
Penalties are also known as #Russian roulette. Well, the Russian team played this well. While 2010 world champs of Spain lick their wounds, the#Russian team makes sure many of the 135 million Russians will watch the quarter finals of #WorldCup2018 #CongratstoRussia #SpaRus— Miriam van Gool (@MiriamvGool) 1 июля 2018 г.