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
Fernando Hierro's side dominated possession
but were unable to make it count and were
punished when Russia were awarded a
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