FIFA World Cup 2018: Igor Akinfeev guides Russia to brilliant win over Spain

Russia stunned pre-tournament favourites Spain 4-3 (1-1) via penalty shootouts here on Sunday to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Russia's Sergei Ignashevich's own goal in the 12th minute opened Spain's account before Artem Dzyuba struck in the 41st minute to equalise. In the penalty shootout, Koke and Iago Aspas missed their attempts for Spain while the Russians converted their first four spot kicks.

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Russia beat Spain to reach the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals in Moscow on Sunday. (AP)

Russia beat Spain to reach the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals in Moscow on Sunday. (AP)

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Russia's Igor Akinfeev saves Spain's Iago Aspas shot during the penalty shoot-out. (REUTERS)

Russia's Igor Akinfeev saves Spain's Iago Aspas shot during the penalty shoot-out. (REUTERS)

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Sergei Ignashevich conceded an own goal as Spain took the lead against Russia. (AFP)

Sergei Ignashevich conceded an own goal as Spain took the lead against Russia. (AFP)

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Sergio Ramos opened the scoring in the 11th minute. (Utpaal SORKKAR/HT Photo)

Sergio Ramos opened the scoring in the 11th minute. (Utpaal SORKKAR/HT Photo)

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A fan waves an Indian flag during the World Cup match between Russia and Spain. (Utpaal SORKKAR/HT Photo)

A fan waves an Indian flag during the World Cup match between Russia and Spain. (Utpaal SORKKAR/HT Photo)

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Russia's Artem Dzyuba celebrates scoring their first goal. (REUTERS)

Russia's Artem Dzyuba celebrates scoring their first goal. (REUTERS)

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The match was tied 1-1 in regulation time with both teams failing to find a winner. (Utpaal SORKKAR/HT Photo)

The match was tied 1-1 in regulation time with both teams failing to find a winner. (Utpaal SORKKAR/HT Photo)

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Spain's Iago Aspas misses a penalty during the shoot-out. (REUTERS)

Spain's Iago Aspas misses a penalty during the shoot-out. (REUTERS)

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Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev celebrates after he saved the last penalty shot by Spain's Iago Aspas. (AP)

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev celebrates after he saved the last penalty shot by Spain's Iago Aspas. (AP)

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Igor Akinfeev emerged as the hero for Russia as he saved two penalties. (REUTERS)

Igor Akinfeev emerged as the hero for Russia as he saved two penalties. (REUTERS)

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Spain became the third former champion after Germany and Argentina to exit the World Cup this year. (Utpaal SORKKAR/HT Photo)

Spain became the third former champion after Germany and Argentina to exit the World Cup this year. (Utpaal SORKKAR/HT Photo)

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