Russia cause huge shock as they beat Spain on penalties

Russia give Spain penalty pain! Home nation knock out one of the tournament favourites in the World Cup’s first shoot-out… and make England’s route to the final even easier

  • Hosts Russia knocked out Spain after first penalty shoot-out of the tournament 
  • Russia fans partied in the streets after beating former champs against the odds 
  • They were joined by England supporters who also toasted to the hosts’ success
  • Spain were thought to be one of England’s biggest obstacles on route to the final

Russia are through to the quarter finals of the World Cup after the a dramatic penalty shootout against Spain.

The host nation held the Spaniards to a 1-1 draw sending the tie into penalties for the first time in this year’s tournament. 

Ex-Liverpool striker Iago Aspas and Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke missed from the spot meaning Russia won 4-3 on penalties.

England’s chances of a World Cup final place increased after Spain, who were considered one of the favourites, were eliminated. 

The hero of the hour was Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev who saved two Spain penalties 

Akinfeev runs toward his team mates in celebration after saving Iago Aspas’ penalty to seal the win

A Russia fan celebrates a dramatic victory over Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow 

Russian fans danced and waved their flags frantically after watching their nation upset the odds 

Russia players celebrate after knocking out one of the tournament favourites Spain

The Russia squad embrace after sealing qualification into the quarter finals of the competition

Russia held the Spaniards to a 1-1 draw which sent the tie into penalties for the first time in this year’s tournament. Pictured: A delighted Russia fan blows a kiss after watching her team win

The former champions would’ve been one of England’s major obstacles on route to the final on July 15. 

The hero of the hour was Russia goal keeper Igor Akinfeev who saved two penalties. 

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Spain were expected to be the major contenders on England’s side of the draw.

They were the only previous winners left in the side of the draw that England feature in. 

Sealed with a kiss! Fans rejoiced after watching the host nation send Spain home on penalties

Spain’s captain Sergio Ramos (left), midfielder Isco (centre) and defender Pique react after losing the penalty shoot-out

Spain’s Sergio Ramos cries as coach Fernando Hierro comforts him after loosing the penalty shootout to Russia

Gareth Southgate’s men are likely now to have to beat Colombia on Tuesday and then face Sweden or Switzerland and then Russia or Croatia in the semi final. 

Russia supporter Boris Brahaminov, 34, who studied for a political degree in London said: ‘This is an important victory not only for England but all the other countries in that half of the final stages. 

‘It is also a great result for President Putin. Great Britain has been highly critical of our President and this World Cup. 

‘If Russia had lost today it would have been embarrassing as it is only the second round and most Russians want us to win this tournament. 

Russia players celebrate following their side’s 4-3 victory in a penalty shoot out against the former champions

High-flyers: Russia’s forward Artem Dzyuba leaps through the air in celebration after scoring their first goal from the spot

‘For Putin it is a wonderful result. He wants to be there at he final with Russia having played a good tournament. 

‘A lot of money has been spent on his World Cup and Russians will want to see some money coming back. ‘So it’s a political and sporting victory for Russia tonight.’ 

Russians danced and sang in the streets outside the stadium while Spanish fans hugged them and wished them well. 

Midfielder Koke of Spain looks dejected after missing his penalty in the shootout

The fact that the hosts remained in the World Cup is a huge boost for the tournament as interest generally wains if the host country is eliminated. 

Russian Natasha Vladiroma, 29, said: ‘It was a fantastic game. Russia lives on in the World Cup and we can win.’ 

Fellow Russia fan Alina Krjukova, 29, danced with her flag and said: ‘We are going to party all night and into the next night. 

Russian Natasha Vladiroma (left), 29, said Russia ‘lives on in the World Cup and can win’ while fellow fan Alina Krjukova (right), 29, said ‘bring on England’

Russian fans will party long into the night following their historic win over former champions

‘That was one hell of a result. Bring on England and bring on anybody. Russia is going to win the World Cup and in Russia.’ 

The match was also a farewell to Spain’s long serving midfielder Andres Iniesta who is quitting international football after a glittering career. 

Fittingly he stepped up first to take the initial penalty after the match finished 1-1 after extra time. 

He buried the ball beyond the Russian keeper but two of his team Mates failed to score with theirs. 

The night was also a disaster for Manchester United’s David De Gea who could not stop any of Russia’s spot kicks and also failed to keep out a first half penalty equaliser for Russia.

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