13 things we loved on day 18: Schmeichel, Southgate, Drury & more

Quick Reads

Russia and Croatia both progressed to the World Cup quarter finals in dramatic penalty shoot-outs as Spain and Denmark bowed out of the competition.

Impressively, three of the four goalkeepers involved came away heroes, as Igor Akinfeev saved two Spanish attempts for the hosts, while Kasper Schmeichel also saved two, having also kept out Luka Modric late in extra time before his side eventually lost on spot kicks.

Croatia stopper Danijel Subasic set one of three records for the day, there was some stunning commentary from Peter Drury and a lot of hope in England.

Peter Drury

A true footballing demi-God.

Igor Akinfeev

You just had to love Russia at this moment.

The Schmeichels

Ok, there was a lot of sh*thousery involved in the penalty decision, but this was a great moment.

Spain

Set a new world record for passing and bow out of the competition all in one go.

Russia

Their opponents, meanwhile, made a record themselves by becoming the lowest-ranked side to reach a World Cup quarter final since the rankings were introduced in 1992.

Danijel Subasic

The Croatian goalkeeper equalling a record that English fans won’t want to remember.

Benjamin Pavard

After his stunning goal against Argentina, Pavard was sent an emotional message from his parents, which was played to him live on television.

In his reaction, he explains he has lived away from his parents for most of his life. They say in the video: “We are going through something amazing thanks to you.”

Nacho

Bit of blue for t’dads.

Kevin Kilbane

Really Kev?

Home

Is where football is coming. Yet another reason.

Own goals

The stars are aligning. We need to stop getting giddy.

Gareth Southgate

Waistcoat sales are actually increasing and that alone is bloody brilliant. We love you, Gareth.

Inexperience

This is a very good stat, and one to give England’s fearless young side a bit of belief.


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