Russian Federation beats Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarters

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule of Round of 16 matches quarterfinals semifinals third place and final

For Spain, it's another disappointing exit in the World Cup. It was the first match of the tournament to go to penalty kicks.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saves the last penalty shot by Spain's Iago Aspas during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, July 1, 2018.

"This is a great victory for us, for the whole country, the soul of the country", Mikhail Sitner, 34, from Moscow, said.

Sweden and Switzerland have both performed admirably at the World Cup but neither should strike fear into English hearts.

Russia's penalty shootout hero, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, thanked God, luck and the Luzhniki Stadium crowd for bringing the hosts home safely against Spain on Sunday to reach their first World Cup quarter-final since 1970.

There have been 48 Spanish players who have scored on the biggest stage for the national team and it's David Villa who has found the net the most with his tally of nine goals from 2006 to 2014.

It all looked to be going well for Fernando Heirro's men when Sergei Ignashevich deflected the ball into his own net inside 12 minutes, but a moment of madness from Gerard Pique gave Russian Federation the opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot.

Spain, who parted ways with coach Julen Lopetegui just days before the tournament, joined England and Italy as the only teams to lose three shootouts at the World Cup, after they were also dumped out in the quarterfinals in 2002 to hosts South Korea and in 1986 to Belgium.

"It's painful, there's nothing else we can say, " Spain captain Sergio Ramos said.

Gone from the World Cup tournament so far are No.1-ranked Germany, No.4 Portugal and No.5 Argentina. In extra-time we did everything, again - kept the ball.

"Over the whole second half and extra time we were defending our goal and managed it, we were hoping for penalties because Spain are hard to beat".

"Incredible. The last 10 minutes of the match I lost 10 years of my life but in the end, we are through to the quarterfinal".

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