1 p.m. ET: Russia, according to current FIFA rankings, pulled off the biggest upset in the history of the knockout rounds at the FIFA World Cup on Sunday by beating Spain in the Round of 16 in a penalty shootout.
"We were hoping for penalties", Akinfeev said. "I put my reputation out there because that's what my job required".
He added: "Honestly, that does not worry me, I don't think it's important right now".
Hierro also declined to place the blame for Spain's exit on the coaching drama so soon before the tournament.
"We have our identity which is because of the type of players we have", he said when asked about the playing style. We all saw the mistake, but since I've seen him join Manchester United, he's had a very good career.
But the way the draw has worked out, England have been presented with an incredible chance to potentially reach their first World Cup final since 1966. "The players have been extraordinary for their effort, their professionalism, their solidarity". "Not just our fans, but the fans of other countries are getting a sense of this atmosphere and understood that Russians really know how to play football and want to play football".
However, it is unclear how much damage was done to Pique's ankle and he should be cleared to play in Spain's knockout game against Russian Federation as Fernando Hierro's side look for a second win at the tournament. I told him what I had to and that will stay between the two of us.