Russian Federation stun Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

039;We will not play against 11 men but thousands of fans': Spain's Rodrigo on Russia clash

039;We will not play against 11 men but thousands of fans': Spain's Rodrigo on Russia clash

Captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties as Russian Federation triumphed 4-3 in a dramatic shootout in Moscow to reach a first quarter-final since the Soviet era, in 1970. After goals from Alexander Golovin and Denis Cheryshev, Iago Aspas had to score to keep Spain alive, but saw his penalty saved by Akinfeev's outstretched left leg, sending the hosts through to the quarterfinals.

Luckily Russia was fortunate to equalize after Gerard Pique played the ball off his hand leading to spot kick, cooly taken by Russia's unsung hero of the tournament, Artem Dzyuba.

It is unclear if interim coach Fernando Hierro will continue in the post he did not seek before Julen Lopetegui was sent home.

Hosts Russia will be up against Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium as they look to book a place in the last eight of 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Russian Federation continued to sit deep and hit Spain on the counter-attack once in a while, which eventually paid off when they equalised five minutes before half-time with the only shot on target they managed in 120 minutes of open play. The hosts themselves have been enjoying a sensational run in the 2018 World Cup, ensuring progression into the knockout rounds for the first time since the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Russian Federation will now face the winners of Croatia v Denmark in the quarter-final with the winners of that match potentially facing a semi-final showdown with England. "We were hoping for penalties and that's what happened, thank God", Akinfeev said.

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Kasper Schmeichel - roared on by watching father Peter in the stands - had denied Luka Modric from the spot deep into extra-time (116) after Mathias Jorgensen had lunged in on Ante Rebic with the game tied at 1-1.

De Gea made his first stop against Morocco in the final group stage game, the opponents shot three times and scored two goals.

It was a pity that the last match of Andres Iniesta, who later confirmed his global retirement, in the end became little more than a footnote.

The Spanish stopper is clearly not accustomed to criticism since recovering admirably from a shaky start to life at United but supporters tore into his distribution during Spain's final World Cup game.

"I don't believe I am the man of the match - that was the whole team and the fans", said captain Akinfeev afterwards. "But when you are sure about the way you have done things with responsibility and conviction, the only way is to move forward". "We didn't play quite the way we wanted but it's hard when you don't have the ball and you spend that much time defending". But his skills couldn't keep Spain from avoiding another disappointing elimination - the team's third in a row at a major tournament.

Akinfeev saved two shots during the shootout, while all of his teammates scored to give Russian Federation a 4-3 advantage after a draw that was dominated by Spain in every way but the 1-1 score. Pique, Ramos, David Silva, Costa and Sergio Busquets will be 33 or older.

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