Spain 1-1 Russia (3-4 on penalties) Russia Knocks Spain out to Advance to Quarter Final
Russia is the third nation to book a slot in the quarter finals after edging out Spain. 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. Akinfeev kept out efforts by Koke and Iago Aspas as the 2010 champions – unbeaten in their previous 23 games – became the latest big-name casualty to exit the tournament after Germany, Argentina and Portugal.
Spain hit the ground running troubling Russia in the initial stages of the game. Sergei Ignashevich scored the oldest own goal to see Spain take an early lead before Russia levelled from the spot as well in the 41 minute courtesy of Artem Dzyuba.
Dzyuba’s penalty made the first half interesting with Diego Costa’s suddenly being involved in the last couple of minutes of the half.
None of the teams managed to break the deadlock in regular time, forcing the game into extra time. There was a historic moment as the first ever fourth substitution was made in a World Cup match when Aleksandr Erokhin came on for Daler Kuzyaev.