Spain Beat England in Extra-Time QF Clash

Jordi Alba’s goal in the first period of extra-time saw Spain beat England in Moscow tonight in the seventh tournament meeting between the two nations. Manchester United striker Rodrigo opened the scoring for Spain before his club team-mate Wayne Rooney levelled after the break.

It took until ten minutes before half-time for either side to make a breakthrough, and it came in favour of Spain when Rodrigo gave Smalling and Baines the slip to collect a lovely ball through the English defence by Fabregas, taking a touch then poking past Hart from close range.

Five minutes after the break, England levelled when a corner was worked back into the box by Wilshere. Wayne Rooney had time and the strength to bring the ball down, hold-off the challenge from Victor Ruiz, turn and drill low past Casillas from twelve yards out.

Both sides pushed for a winner in normal time, with Hart reacting well to push a Llorente shot on to the post, before Huddlestone had a 30-yarder tipped over the bar in one of the saves of the tournament so far.

The Russian referee was surrounded by Spanish players and urged to check VAR when Rooney and Ramos clashed inside the final five minutes, with the England forward giving Ramos a shove in the chest but nothing more came of it other than a stern dressing-down for both parties.

England thought they’d won it in the 88th minute from a corner. Milner sent the delivery to the back post for Henderson to nod back down across goal. Phil Jones got a faint touch on it and sent the ball goalwards but Thiago was on hand to clear away with the officials indicating that the whole of the ball hadn’t crossed the line.

Twelve minutes into extra-time came the winner. Fabregas found Jordi Alba on the left and the Barcelona man cut inside with the ball, left Wilshere for dead before putting Kyle Walker onto his wrong foot and slotting low past Hart. Spain will play the winners between Brazil and Colombia.

                 FIFA WORLD CUP: QUARTER-FINAL
                        SPAIN 2-1 ENGLAND (aet)
                   Rodrigo 35     Rooney 59
                     Alba 102

                     Llorente     Rooney
                                  Walker

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