Russian Federation shock Spain in nail biting penalty shootout

Russian Federation shock Spain in nail biting penalty shootout

Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest scorer of an own goal in World Cup history when the 38-year-old gave Spain an early lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Considering their turbulent start to the FIFA World Cup, Spain will be pleased to have safely negotiated the group phase, even if they are yet to click under interim head coach Fernando Hierro.

But Stanislav Cherchesov's Russian Federation, gathering strength from its fans in the capital city, ensured a gladiatorial battle to wrest an unbelievable win against one of the tournament favourites Spain. The Russian shot-stopped put together one of the best matches of his career as his nation eliminated Spain 4-3 on penalty kicks after it was leveled at 1-1 through 120 minutes.

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.

Russian Federation will meet either Croatia or Denmark for a place in the semi-finals, as Spain´s rotten run against hosts nation at major tournaments continued.

The extra defensive duties offered by the two newcomers allowed Spain to control the game with its midfield purring on to control 75 percent of possession, but the team had only three shots on target to show for its trouble (in the first half).

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Their match against Spain didn't exactly get off to a dream start.

Late in the second half of extra time Spain players charged towards the referee to demand a penalty after Piqué was jostled in the box as he tried to reach a free-kick.

Spain took the first, Iniesta scoring, before Smolov followed his example - despite De Gea getting a faint touch - and then Pique scored via the inside of the post and Ignashevish sent De Gea the wrong way.

Pique leapt to meet a Koke corner, his header deflecting over the bar for another as Spain mounted some late pressure, and Smolov blasted wide as four minutes of added time ticked away with neither side able to find a victor.

However, Koke' s penalty was saved by Akinfeev before Aleksandr Golovin fired the hosts ahead 3-2. Aspas' penalty kick is saved and the hosts are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

That was until the 85th minute, when after almost 30 minutes without a significant chance on goal, Iniesta stung the palms of Igor Akinfeev, who completed a fine double save to deny Iago Aspas on the follow up, sending the tie into extra time.