Ramos scores twice as Spain draws 3-3 with Rus­sia

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ser­gio Ramos scored twice from the penalty spot as Spain drew 3-3 with Rus­sia in a friendly on Tues­day.

Grit and some fine in­di­vid­ual skill from striker Fy­o­dor Smolov brought Rus­sia back from 2-0 down to earn a draw which will boost morale af­ter a tough year for the 2018 World Cup hosts.

Spain fin­ishes 2017 un­beaten, but looked un­easy in de­fense as its seven-game win streak ended in hu­mid con­di­tions un­der the roof at the St. Peters­burg Sta­dium.

Jordi Alba gave the Spain the lead in the ninth minute with a header, just af­ter Smolov had missed a good chance at the other end.

Ramos added some lunges to his penalty warmup in a suc­cess­ful bid to throw goal­keeper Andrei Lun­yov for his 35th minute penalty, awarded af­ter a hotly dis­puted hand­ball call.

Rus­sia made it 2-1 when Smolov beat Gi­rard Pique and scored in the 41st, and the Rus­sian equal­ized in the 51st with Alexei Mi­ranchuk's ef­fort on the re­bound.

Spain re­sponded al­most im­me­di­ately with an­other Ramos penalty af­ter he was brought down by Ge­orgy Dzhikiya. Smolov had the last word with a fierce shot from out­side the penalty area in the 71st.

David de Gea leaped for a save in the 86th that de­nied Smolov a hat-trick and Rus­sia a win­ning goal.

Rus­sia mid­fielder De­nis Glushakov played the fi­nal minute in goal af­ter keeper Lun­yov was hurt in a clash with Ro­drigo.

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