Russia reach quarter-finals for the first time since 1970

Igor Akinfeev saves 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 ends 1-1 after 120 minutes.

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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. Spain enjoyed 79 per cent possession as the Russian’s dug in to stop a Spanish onslaught.

A┬ácounter-attacking from Russia late in the half gave paid off, as a Russia corner turned into a penalty thanks to Gerard Pique’s flailing arm catching the ball in the air.

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“Iago Aspas of Spain reacts after his penalty is saved by Igor Akinfeev”

 

 

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