Igor Akinfeev the hero as Russian Federation dump Spain out after penalty shootout

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The Spanish players are incensed that they haven't been awarded a penalty kick for what they perceived to be a foul in the box.

However, La Roja quickly grabbed the lead in the 12th minute through an own goal by Sergei Ignashevich after the defender got the last touch following a set-piece by Marco Asensio.

But the Russians levelled from the spot shortly before half-time, Artem Dzyuba converting after Gerard Pique handled the ball. He's bound to be a national icon and a hero after the performance of his life, and it's also one of the biggest upsets we've seen in Cup history when it comes to Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

Russian Federation will meet either Croatia or Denmark for a place in the semi-finals, as Spain´s rotten run against hosts nation at major tournaments continued.

Argentina held the previous record of 703 successful passes in a World Cup match against Greece in 2010, although Opta has only collected this data since 1966.

Russian Federation boss Stanislav Cherchesov left out leading scorer Denis Cheryshev, opting for three central defenders in a conservative 5-3-2 formation. Spain couldn't find a way through and in the end they were made to pay for that.

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It was Nacho, in for Dani Carvajal at right-back, who won the free-kick that led to Spain taking the lead as he was caught by Yury Zhirkov to the right of the penalty area.

The scored remained tied at 1-1 until the 90 minute mark and extra time, meaning for the very first time in the tournament, the game would be decided by penalty kicks.

Sid Lowe's match report from the Luzhniki Stadium will follow. The referee has awarded a spot kick to the hosts. The 2010 champions could not do same; a development which has now seen Spain emerge as the latest big-name casualty at Russian Federation 2018, after Germany and Argentina.

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.

However, Iniesta's effort was parried away by Igor Akinfeev and extra time was called in Moscow. "Yes, he always made little mistakes, but I think he still has time to write his name into history", former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn said about Igor Akinfeev when asked about Akinfeev's chances in the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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