World Cup Hosts Russia Knock Off Spain In Penalties

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The following penalty shootout proved that that hosts Russian Federation was stronger scoring all five shots, while goalkeeper Igor Akenfeyev saved one of the strikes from Spain.

Spain controlled the game as expected but struggled to create genuine chances, with Akinfeev sharp on the few occasions they did before saving from Koke and Iago Aspas to seal a 4-3 win on penalties. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you can't watch the Spain Russia soccer game immediately.

A few weeks ago, Spain vs Russian Federation would have been a serious mismatch but what difference a month makes in football.

Akinfeev 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 lacklustre 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

Spain, who have never beaten a host at World Cups or Euros, went ahead after 12 minutes when 38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich bundled into Spain captain Sergio Ramos at the far post, knocking a free kick in with his heel for the 10th own goal of the tournament.

The first half of extra time was dominated by Spain again, with Isco at the forefront of the attacks but still unable to generate any clear cut opportunities.

Russian Federation endured a tense wait when Kuipers was in communication with the video assistant referee following a late tug on Pique in the box, before Akinfeev's shootout heroics clinched an unforgettable triumph.

Artem Dzyuba then won a penalty when he rose to meet a corner at the other end, his header being blocked by the arm of Spain defender Gerard Pique.

Their quarter-final opponents will be decided on Sunday night, when Croatia face Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod.

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot and showed Pique a yellow card, before Dzyuba stepped up to fire in an equalizer just four minutes before half time. Nothing much was expected of this Russian team, reflected by their Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, results in friendlies, and the absence of key players including striker Aleksandr Kokorin, but here they are on the brink of facing the victor of this afternoon's matchup between Croatia and Denmark.

Nearly 20 minutes into the second half, Russian Head Coach Stanislav Cherchesov opted for a reshuffle in the squad sending in midfielder Denis Cheryshev in place of Alexander Samedov.

Russian Federation made another change soon after the hour, taking off Samedov and bringing on Denis Cheryshev, and their third switch followed after 65 minutes, scorer Dzyuba off for Fyodor Smolov.

Suddenly, Russia are brimming with confidence and Spain look patchy at best.

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