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…
Wow. Russia knock out Spain. Imagine if they win the World Cup – Putin will be insufferable.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 1, 2018
Mussolini’s Italy hosted 1934 World Cup. Winner: Italy. Argentina’s Military Junta hosted 1978 World Cup. Winner: Argentina. Putin’s Russia host 2018. Is this the moment we all realized exactly who is going to win the bloody thing?
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) July 1, 2018
Putin walking out of the VAR truck pic.twitter.com/aphwi4zVip
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 1, 2018
— Mohammed Alamri (@7_mod94) July 1, 2018
PUTIN HAS DONE IT AGAIN
— Lux (@Callux) July 1, 2018
— Dom Kobiec (@D_Kobiec) July 1, 2018
Putin sitting with DeGea’s dog pic.twitter.com/YI06vy0Z8U
— Peter Mcpartland (@PED7) July 1, 2018
DDG and Neuer
Messi and Ronaldo
Salah and Ramos
— Hiffey (@PsychoCesc) July 1, 2018
Putin even hacked the #WorldCup. Can’t believe this.
— Serge (@Zinvor) July 1, 2018
So Russia are through to the quarter finals
— World Cup 2018 (@WorldCup18Info_) July 1, 2018
Whatever Putin used to threaten the Russian team, we need to find it & start using it on our Super Eagles players too. #ESPRUS
— DAMILOLO (@IndomitableDAMI) July 1, 2018
— Jerry Age (@jerry_age) July 1, 2018
|Game||Time||Prediction/Live Score||How to Watch|
|FC Bayern Munich vs Chelsea FC||8 August, 20:00 (In 2 hours)||3-1||📺|
|FC Barcelona vs SSC Napoli||8 August, 20:00 (In 2 hours)||2-2||📺|
101 Great Goals provides ways to watch and bet on football matches. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.