Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Watch Fifa World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match on TV, online

Watch Fifa World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match on TV, online

Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties as hosts Russian Federation stunned 2010 champions Spain on penalties today to set up a FIFA World Cup quarter-final with Croatia.

The 32-year-old keeper saved Koke's and Iago Aspas' spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in Russia's first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to set up a last eight clash with either Croatia, who also edged out Denmark in a penalty shootout later on Sunday.

"The football god always seemed to be turning away from us, and I think today it's like never before", Dzyuba said.

Although Spain lacked the finishing they needed to win the game, the biggest blunder they did was relying too much on their back line and not showing the urgency of scoring another goal.

Russia's goal came from such a play when Dzyuba's header struck the outstretched arm of Spain defender Gerard Pique.

Russian Federation pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history after beating Spain 4-3 on Sunday at the packed Luzhniki Stadium.

But the former Bolton Wanderers midfielder said he accepted full responsibility for Spain's exit on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Russian Federation in Moscow, and admitted he was still in the dark on his future. Russian Federation spent nearly the entirety of extra time defending, but held firm to earn a shootout - with a dream, dream ending for the hosts. Still, it's hard to see a Kutepov interception making the highlight reel over Akinfeev saving the Iago Aspas spot kick.

Playing in a record 126th game for Russia, Ignashevich accidentally struck the ball with the back of his leg in the 12th minute while challenging Sergio Ramos at a free kick.

Forward Artem Dzyuba buried it for his third goal of the tournament, to equalise and awaken the subdued crowd.

It was Russia's only chance of the entire match in a destructive game plan which saw them have a mere 26 percent of possession. "We had opportunities to win this match but we ended up in a penalty shootout which is basically a lottery, and we weren't lucky", he added.

Russian Federation hadn't practised penalties and didn't have a dedicated penalty taker for the game. "We don't look ahead and we don't look back", said the goalkeeper who made a dramatic save with his foot to ensure Russia's progress on Sunday, setting off fanatical celebrations across the country. "We believed that order, discipline and dedication can beat class".

Gone from the World Cup tournament so far are No.1-ranked Germany, No.4 Portugal and No.5 Argentina.

Spain say goodbye to the World Cup and the last few members of their Golden Generation in the likes of Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Sergio Ramos.

Spain hasn't been at its dominant best in Russian Federation.

World Cup history was made with the first use of a fourth substitute, which Federation Internationale de Football Association now allows teams in extra time.

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