World Cup Hosts Russia Knock Off Spain In Penalties

Akinfeev the hero as Russia dump Spain out after penalty shootout

Russia Stun Spain, Advance to World Cup Quarterfinals After Winning on Penalties

Veteran Russia centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned into his own net after grappling with Sergio Ramos.

Sergio Ramos was emotionally drained after Spain's World Cup defeat to Russian Federation and left the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in tears just moments after delving into his book of underhand tricks again.

Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev's save on Iago Aspas' penalty kick took less than a second, but it still made for the ultimate swing of emotions for the Spanish forward.

And then, in the penalty kick shootout, he denied Koke and Iago Aspas to win the match.

Spain are yet to hit their groove and take on the hosts at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for a place in the quarter-finals. Subs - Granat 5, Smolov 6, Cheryshev 6, Erokhin 5.

Yuri Zhirkov gave away a free kick when he fouled Nacho on the right and, when Aesnsio curled the cross in, Ignashevish tangled with Sergio Ramos at the far post and the ball flew in off the defender.

The Spanish squad was clearly in possession of the ball since the start of the match.

Late in the second half of extra time Spain players charged towards the referee to demand a penalty after Piqué was jostled in the box as he tried to reach a free-kick.

With neither side able to break the deadlock they went into extra time level at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Forward Artem Dzyuba buried it for his third goal of the tournament, sending Spain keeper David de Gea the wrong way to equalise and awaken the subdued crowd.

Both 15-minute halves of the overtime period also ended with the draw although Spain was aggressive on the Russian side in the first half of the added time, while Russia answered with a solid defense and counterattacks in the 2nd half.

However, Koke' s penalty was saved by Akinfeev before Aleksandr Golovin fired the hosts ahead 3-2.

That was until the 85th minute, when after almost 30 minutes without a significant chance on goal, Iniesta stung the palms of Igor Akinfeev, who completed a fine double save to deny Iago Aspas on the follow up, sending the tie into extra time.

Alexander Yerokhin became the first player to be brought on as a fourth substitute during a World Cup game, replacing Daler Kuzyaev in the 97th minute.

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