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Spain complain to FIFA as they are forced to actually shoot at goal in penalty shootout

"If it's still a draw after 120 minutes then the team with the most five-yard sideways passes should win. Simple as that."

Spain have submitted a formal complaint to FIFA after they were made to shoot at goal in a penalty shootout against Russia.

Fernando Hierro’s side are extremely upset at being made to do anything other than pass the ball sideways at the end of their round of 16 tie in Moscow.

“But have you seen our pass map?”

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“But have you seen our pass map?”

The 2010 champions were eliminated as Koke and Iago Aspas had their reluctant spot-kicks saved by Igor Akinfeev.

Unofficial spokesman for the Spanish Football Federation, Leo Satchez, said: “It’s unfair to make our players shoot.

“Penalties are no good for our pass completion percentage.

“If it’s still a draw after 120 minutes then the team with the most five-yard sideways passes should win. Simple as that.

“Did you know that we were the first team in over 50 years to complete over 1,000 passes in a World Cup game?

“That’s what football is all about – not silly goals.

Still reckons a switch back to Jordi Alba is the best option in this situation

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Still reckons a switch back to Jordi Alba is the best option in this situation

“Koke was so confused when he stepped up to take his penalty.

“You can’t expect him to kick the ball forward after caressing backwards for two hours.

“He actually asked the ref if he was allowed to pivot on the ball a couple of times before knocking it to Sergio Ramos.

“We weren’t even allowed to do that poncey pass penalty that Thierry Henry and Robert Pires f**ked up that one time. It’s a disgrace.

Completed pass to Akinfeev recorded (OPTA)

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Completed pass to Akinfeev recorded (OPTA)

“We’ve asked FIFA to reconsider and let us play in the quarter-finals instead of Russia.

“They’ve informed us the decision lies with a key figure in the organisation and we are hopeful of a positive outcome.

“I don’t know him but I hope Mr V Putin does the right thing.”

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