Russia Stun Spain, Advance to World Cup Quarterfinals After Winning on Penalties

They though they had penalty with five minutes left in the match, with Pique seemingly pulled down in the area.

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. Nacho, showing his virtue with some tireless running, earned a free-kick on the right in the 11th minute and Asensio's curler was bundled in for a own goal by Sergey Ignashevich, who was involved in a game of wrestling with Sergio Ramos, the original infant awful.

Artem Dzyuba replied from the spot shortly before half-time after Gerard Pique was penalised for a handball, and Russian Federation were able to hang on for the remainder of the match.

The victory means Cherchesov is the first coach to ever lead a Russian Federation side to the last eight stage of a World Cup, doing so against the odds against 2010 winners Spain in front of their home fans at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Spain's midfielder Isco and Russia's Aleksandr Golovin.

Spain dominated the possession in the opening minutes, as plenty expected, but it was Russian Federation that had the match's first semi-dangerous chance.

Asensio, who made two brief substitute appearances in the group stage, whipped in dangerously to the far post where the ball looped in off an unsighted Ignashevich as he tussled with Ramos.

Russian Federation tried to hit back when Zhirkov got down the left, but the move fizzled out as home fans at the Luzhniki Stadium tried to digest their side's early setback.

Spain kicked off the ball to start the match at Russia's historical Luzhniki Stadium, which saw an attendance of over 78,000 tonight amid the sunny weather with temperatures hovering around 25 degrees Centigrade (almost 78 Fahrenheit).

Aspas carved out an early chance in extra time with a run and cross from the left, but Carvajal was unable to turn it in and then Isco's low centre created another, Ignashevich clearing.

Aspas was ready to go into celebration mode - he knew right away that Akinfeev guessed wrong. Aspas' penalty kick is saved and the hosts are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Spain made their extra substitution about seven minutes later when Rodrigo Moreno replaced Marco Asensio.

  • Stacy Allen