Russian Federation beats Spain to enter QF

Russian Federation beats Spain to enter QF

Russian Federation beats Spain to enter QF

Akinfeev's foot kept Russia's party going Sunday night, ended the worldwide career of one of Spain's biggest stars and sealed the biggest upset of the tournament and one of the greatest in World Cup history.

The video shows 6ft 4in striker Dzyuba between the sticks at training, pulling off a mirror-image stop to the one team captain Akinfeev made against Spain to win the shootout.

Playing in a record 126th game for Russia, Ignashevich accidentally struck the ball with the back of his leg in the 12th minute while challenging Sergio Ramos at a free kick. Lopetegui was sacked because he didn't tell Spain's soccer leaders he accepted an offer to coach Real Madrid after the tournament.

Spain were not at their fluent best during the group stage as they overcame the departure of manager Julen Lopetegui two days before the tournament.

Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksandr Golovin and Chernyshev all followed suit as Akinfeev saved from Koke. Iniesta also scored the first spot-kick of the shootout.

The lowest-ranked team coming into this tournament and considered by some as the worst side in the country's history, the Russians surprised many by not only reaching the last 16 but doing so comfortably, steamrolling Saudi Arabia and Egypt and scoring eight goals in three games.

Hierro also faced questions on Spain's inability to open up a weak Russian Federation side, with their first genuine shot on target - their only goal was an own goal by Sergei Ignashevich - coming after 45 minutes.

Russian Federation won a corner through Spanish confusion in defense in the 41st minute, and Alexander Samedov hit the ball for Dzyuba, who headed it straight into Gerard Pique's waving arm. This is football. We had more possession, got to their area much more.

Forward Artem Dzyuba buried it for his third goal of the tournament, sending Spain keeper David de Gea the wrong way to equalise and awaken the subdued 78,000 crowd in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Russian Federation have been a sleeping giant in football for decades but in Mocow's Luzhniki Stadium they showed signs of that promise. "We believed in ourselves to the end and we hung on through this game today, through the pain, through the cramps, through everything".

Isco's free-kick from deep on the right saw Ignashevich grappling with Ramos at the back post, the ball inadvertently bouncing past Akinfeev off the veteran defender's heel, although Spain's captain tried to claim the goal.

With Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev watching from the stands, Russia's qualification triggered a wave of enthusiasm for the host nation as thousands celebrated in the capital's iconic Red Square and beyond. Iniesta also played a huge role in Spain's 2010 World Cup triumph.

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia have never beaten Spain (D2 L4).

Russian Federation were flawless from the spot.

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