Spain's Iago Aspas thought he scored before Russian Federation keeper's brilliant kick save

Yolanda Curtis
July 2, 2018

Igor Akinfeev wrote his name into the Russian football folklore after his brilliant performance handed his team a brillaint victory over Spain during their FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 encounter in Moscow on Sunday.

The 32-year-old keeper saved Koke's and Iago Aspas' spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in Russia's first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to set up a last eight clash with either Denmark or Croatia, after a lackluster 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

Akinfeev stopped kicks from Koke and Iago Aspas, while Russia's marksmen scored all four penalties they took.

Veteran Russia centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned into his own net after grappling with Sergio Ramos.

Spain had 25 shots, nine of which were on frame, but Akinfeev saved them all, only conceded on an unfortunate own goal.

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Aleksandr Yerokhin (for Kuzyaev 97) - 5 - Provided fresh legs for Stanislav Cherchesov's men during extra time.

It was the classic "tiki-taka" style that led to a World Cup title in 2010, bookended by a pair of European Championships.

Russian Federation were given a penalty when Gerard Pique put up a hand to block a header from Dzyuba.

Spain's famed "tiki-taka" play put viewers to sleep at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, as they clocked up more than a 1000 passes but were unable to progress to the quarter-finals. Russian Federation had the third-greatest upset by differential since the FIFA rankings started in 1992, behind Nigeria's win over France in 1998 and South Africa's victory over France in 2010, both in the group stage.

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Spain has now failed to win a knockout game at three major tournaments since it won Euro 2012.

David de Gea - 5 - Had little to do between the sticks until being called into action during the dying embers of the first-half with his first task being to prevent Russian Federation scoring a penalty - he failed as Dzyuba unleashed a thunderbolt into the back of the net.

Everyone inside the Luzhniki Stadium, and all those watching at home, held their breath as the referee and the VAR team checked footage for holding on Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos late on in extra time.

In pretty much his only action before the shootout, goalkeeper David De Gea dived right as the Dzyuba's third goal of the tournament went to his left.

Aspas was ready to go into celebration mode - he knew right away that Akinfeev guessed wrong.

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