Hosts Russia pulled off the greatest stun of the 2018 World Cup so far as they beat 2010 victors Spain in the principal punishment shootout of the competition to achieve the quarter-finals without precedent for a long time.

After additional time finished with the score bolted at 1-1, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was Russia’s punishment legend, denying Koke and afterward Iago Aspas to start scenes of dazed festival at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

His contrary number, David de Gea, got a hand to the primary spot-kick he confronted – from Fedor Smolov – yet that was the nearest he came to making a spare as the Russians changed over their residual punishments in clinical form.

Stanislav Cherchesov’s side, at 70 the most minimal positioned group in the opposition and 60 puts beneath Spain, now confront Croatia in the keep going eight in Sochi on Saturday.


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