Full time analysis Spain vs russia


Igor Akinfeev saved two spot-kicks as hosts

Russia beat Spain 4-3 in a dramatic penalty

shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-

finals after their last-16 tie had ended 1-1

after 120 minutes.

Akinfeev kept out efforts by Koke and Iago

Aspas as the 2010 champions - unbeaten in

their previous 23 games - became the latest

big-name casualty to exit the tournament

after Germany, Argentina and Portugal.

Spain had taken the lead when Marco

Asensio's curling free-kick into the six-yard

area hit the ankle of Sergei Ignashevich, who

was marking Sergio Ramos, and flew into the

net.

Fernando Hierro's side dominated possession

but were unable to make it count and were

punished when Russia were awarded a

penalty.

Gerard Pique handled Artem Dzyuba's header

and the Zenit St Petersburg forward sent

David de Gea the wrong way for his third goal

of the tournament.

Substitute Andres Iniesta went close to

winning it in normal time for Spain before

Russia scored all four of their penalties in

the shootout to the delight of their fans in

the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Russia, 70th in Fifa's world rankings, were

without a win in seven games before the

World Cup. They are now two victories from

the final.