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Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was the shootout hero as his saves sent Russian Federation into the World Cup quarter-finals - but a clip has emerged suggesting striker Artem Dzyuba may have taught him the stunning stop that sent Spain packing.

The 32-year-old keeper saved Koke's and Iago Aspas' spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in what was Russia's first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to send his team to the last eight after a lackluster 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

Rewarded with a sponsor's trophy, Akinfeev acknowledged the part played by an 78,000 crowd in Moscow: "I'm not the man of the match, the man of the match is our team - and our fans".

Russia's defence then held firm as Spain dominated possession before the heroics of Akinfeev triggered wild celebrations in the rain.

In fact, Spain needed a weird own goal by the otherwise excellent Sergei Ignashevich to open the scoring, while Russia's equaliser was another penalty, this time a 41st-minute effort by Artem Dzyuba.

Gerard Pique was judged to have handled the ball as he jumped to contest a corner, and Dzyuba held his nerve from the penalty spot.

Russian Federation will now play the victor of the match between Croatia and Denmark in the quarterfinals in Sochi on July 7 while Spain are eliminated.

"At that time, Spanish teams were favourites, but as we say in Russian Federation, anyone can be god if he tries to", he said.

Akinfeev saved Koke's (pictured above) effort, before Aleksandr Golovin, Ramos and Denis Cheryshev found the net, leaving Akinfeev to have the final say, saving from Aspas.




"The most important thing for us is that the whole country is proud of us so a huge thank you", Dzyuba said.

Russian penalty kickers were ideal against Spain's struggling goalkeeper David De Gea.

By reaching the round of 16, the hosts were already guaranteed their best World Cup finish in the post-Soviet era. Aspas' penalty kick is saved and the hosts are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Since the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes of regulation time, the issue rolled into overtime. Spain join former champions Germany and Argentina as the fancied teams eliminated from the tournament.

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Isco stayed busy with the contest intriguingly poised but opted to dribble in the box when a shot was on and Spain, needing inspiration where it mattered, finally called for Andres Iniesta midway through the second half. We are leaving this World Cup without losing a single match, and that is a fact.

And Russia were then gifted a penalty when Pique handled in the box. His shot from a tight angle forces Akinfeev into a save! "We might have attacked more if we only played four at the back or with more forwards but I believe we were victorious because my players stuck to the plan".

Iniesta and Pique scored for Spain; Fedor Smolov and Ignashevich for Russian Federation.

They will now have growing confidence of progressing further in an open half of the draw in which one of Russia, Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden, England and Colombia are guaranteed to make the final.


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