Putin goes viral after Russia knock Spain out of the World Cup


When Russia managed to knock Spain out of the World Cup, everyone was shocked.

In fact, Spain were the heavy favourites going into the game – yet laboured and failed to really show what they can do, with little to no creativity and the game pretty dire.

Russia may not have set out to play for penalties, but that was what they got, and deservedly so. However, after a late penalty call for Spain in extra time was brushed under the carpet, and the fact that Russia were seriously unfancied before the tournament, Vladimir Putin found himself going viral, subject to all sorts of jokes.

Russia are the home nation, and have that advantage, but they’re a wildly different side to the one we saw when they hosted the Confederations Cup last year – and people were wondering just how that came to be – and Putin was the name that kept cropping up…

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 01: Spain players look dejected during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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