Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the World Cup hosts dumped title contenders Spain out in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw. Veteran Russia centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned into his own net after grappling with Sergio Ramos. Russia hit back just before the interval as Artem Dzyuba nervelessly converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Gerard Pique. Spain controlled the game as expected but struggled to create genuine chances, with Akinfeev sharp on the few occasions they did before saving from Koke and Iago Aspas to seal a 4-3 win on penalties. "We are having a fantastic World Cup," said Akinfeev. "Not just our fans, but the fans of other countries got a sense of this atmosphere and understood that Russians really know how to play football and want to play football." (Highlights: Spain vs Russia)
Highlights between Spain vs Russia, 2018 FIFA World Cup, straight from Luzhniki Stadium
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22:14 IST: Russia are through to the quarterfinals as they beat Spain 4-3 in penalty shootout.
22:13 IST: Iago Aspas fails to find the back of the net. | Spain 3-4 Russia.
22:12 IST: Cheryshev scores as he sends De Gea the wrong way. | Spain 3-4 Russia.
22:11 IST: Ramos scores from the spot to keep Spain in contention. | Spain 3-3 Russia.
22:10 IST: Aleksandr Golovin scores | Russia lead 3-2.
22:09 IST: Koke misses from the spot as the Russian goalie saves | Spain 2-2 Russia.
22:08 IST: Sergei Ignashevich scores. | Spain 2-2 Russia.
22:07 IST: Gerard Pique sends the Russian keeper the wrong way. | Spain 2-1 Russia.
22:06 IST: Smolov scores, beating De Gea, who jumped in the right direction. | Spain 1-1 Russia.
22:05 IST: Andre Iniesta scores. | Spain 1-0 Russia.
22:04 IST: Spain going to take the first kick of the penalty shootout.
22:00 IST: Still 1-1 after extra-time! Here comes the first penalty shootout of World Cup 2018.
21:58 IST: Two minutes of extra-time to be played. We are edging closer to the shootout.
21:55 IST: The referee is consulting VAR after the Spanish players demand a penalty after Ramos is handled in the box.
21:49 IST: Rodrigo makes a run down the right flank, goes deep in the box, shoots but the ball is parried away. Carvajal, on the return, finds a Russian defender and the ball is cleared away.
21:46 IST: The second period of the extra-time begins. Will we see the first penalty shootout of the World Cup 2018?
21:44 IST: At the end of the first-half in the extra-time, Spain 1-1 Russia.
21:43 IST: Pique's header off a free-kick is easily blocked by the Russian goalie.
21:42 IST: One minute of added time in the first-half of the extra-time.
21:39 IST: 101st minute -- Aspas receives a beautiful long-ball, makes the run but fails to get the ball past the Russian defender. A chance wasted.
21:37 IST: 99th minute -- Asensio, on the edge of the box, hits the ball straight to the Russian goalie.
21:33 IST: 96th minute -- Spain continue to dominate with multiple attacks and Russia continue to fend off the attack. It must be noted that Russia have produced their A-game to frustrate their opposition.
21:27 IST: The extra-time in the match between Spain vs Russia gets underway.
21:22 IST: FULL-TIME!! Spain 1-1 Russia. The match will go into extra-time.
21:20 IST: Smolov gets a ball right on the edge of the box, but curls is wide of the far post. This as Russia's best chance of the second-half.
21:18 IST: Four minutes of added time.
21:16 IST: Spain get a free-kick in a dangerous position. Isco's delivery is deflected away by a Russian defender for a corner. Spain get a corner. Koke curls the ball in and Spain gets another corner. Ramos' header off Isco's corner flies high and above the Russian crossbar.
21:12 IST: Spain come close to taking a lead, really, really close. Iniesta gets a volley just yards outside the box, shoots and the Russian goalie palms the ball away. Iago Aspas gets the ball, shoots but the Russian goalied gets his fingertips to the ball as the Russian defenders clear the ball away.
21:09 IST: Spain get a corner. Isco's delivery is cleared away the scrambling players in the box. It seems the match will go into extra-time.
21:08 IST: Last 10 minutes to go. Both teams are looking for a winner but Spain are attacking more.
21:01 IST: Spain get a free-kick. Isco curls the ball in but nothing comes out of it as the ball is cleared away.
20:58 IST: 20 minutes are left in the play. It will be interesting to see which team comes up with a winner.
20:54 IST: Substitution for Spain -- Andres Iniesta comes in for David Silva.
20:53 IST: 65 minutes are up -- Spain are finding it extremely difficult to pierce the Russian defence. However, the flurry of attacks are on.
20:48 IST: 60th minute -- Substitution for Russia. Alexander Samedov makes way for Cheryshev.
20:46 IST: Costa makes a run with the ball, passes it to Isco, who shoots but his shot is deflected away for a corner. Spain get a corner. Isco's delivery is cleared by Dzyuba's header.
20:44 IST: Russia get a corner. Samedov curls the ball in and is cleared by Costa.
20:41 IST: Spain get a free-kick. Isco curls the ball in and it is cleared away easily by the Russian defence.
20:35 IST: Spain come close to taking a lead early in the second-half. A cross from the right misses a leaping Costa. Alba runs on to the ball, can't control and Akinfeev makes an easy save.
20:32 IST: The second-half of Spain vs Russia Round of 16 match get underway at the Luzhniki Stadium.
20:17 IST: HALFTIME | Spain 1-1 Russia.
20:16 IST: Isco curls the ball in, Costa leaps and his header is blocked by the Russian keeper.
20:15 IST: Two minutes of added time. Spain are pressing hard for another goal before the half-time.
20:11 IST: GOAL! Russia are back in the game. Artem Dzyuba scores from the spot | Spain 1-1 Russia.
20:09 IST: Russia get a corner. Samedov curls the ball in, Dzyuba's header gets blocked by Pique's raised hand as he gets booked. The referee awards Russia a penalty.
20:06 IST: Russia on the attack now. A mix of passes sees Russia get into the Spanish box, Aleksandr Golovin gets the ball and shoots wide of the target. This is the closest they have come so far in the match.
20:05 IST: 35 minutes are up -- It seems Spain,for the time being, have taken a backseat as they are not attacking anymore. Spain's game at the moment can be defined as pass, pass and pass.
19:58 IST: Stat -- Ignashevich registers an unwanted record. At 38 years and 352 days, he became the oldest player to score an own goal at the World Cup finals. The previous record was held bu Noel Valladares (37 years and 43 days).
19:55 IST: Isco tries to make a cheeky pass to Alba inside the Russian box, but the ball had way too much force as it rolls out of play and beats a diving Alba.
19:50 IST: 20 minutes are up -- Spain still in control of the game and are hardly giving Russia any opportunity to get out of their own half.
19:41 IST: GOAL!! Spain get a free-kick. Asensio curls the ball in. Sergio Ramos, who was going towards the ball, is tackled by Sergey Ignashevich, who, in turn, finds the ball hitting the back of his leg and ricocheting inside the Russian goal. This was the 10th own goal of this World Cup. | Spain 1-0 Russia
19:40 IST: 10 minutes are up -- Spain are enjoying most of the ball possession and are attacking non-stop. However, the Russian defence have stood tall and are not giving away opportunity to score.
19:37 IST: Trivia -- The last Russia vs Spain matches have produced 14 goals in total. How many will we see tonight?
19:35 IST: Russia get a corner, Samedov curls the ball in and misses every Russian player. Ultimately, the ball is cleared away without much hassle.
19:30 IST: KICK-OFF! The Spain vs Russia Round of 16 match starts at the Luzhniki Stadium.
19:25 IST: Both teams have come out of the tunnel and onto the pitch. The national anthems are being sung.
19:20 IST: We are minutes away from the Round of 16 clash between Spain and Russia. Stay tuned.
19:15 IST: Russia warming up ahead of Spain clash.
19:10 IST: "Our fans are the best in the world!", tweeted Team Russia.
19:00 IST: The team formations are in.
18:50 IST: The teams arrive at the Luzhniki Stadium.
18:30 IST: Andres Iniesta not included in Spain's line-up.
18:20 IST: The starting XI for Spain and Russia have been announced.
18:00 IST: Marco Asensio says Spain will approach their Round of 16 meeting with Russia like a Final.
17:55 IST: Russia's Artem Dzyuba, ahead of their clash against Spain, says that he hopes that the footballing gods will be on their side.
"I hope the footballing gods will be on our side"— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018
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17:45 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the Round of 16 match between Spain vs Russia straight from Luzhniki Stadium.
Hosts Russia must rebound quickly for Sunday's World Cup last 16 clash with Spain, the 2010 champions who have slipped under the radar after a tumultuous start to the tournament. Resounding wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt elevated expectations for Stanislav Cherchesov's side before they were dealt a dose of reality in a 0-3 loss to Uruguay. Dismissed as no-hopers little over a fortnight ago, Russia will try to get back onboard a wave of national euphoria and pull off what striker Artem Dzyuba called a "minor miracle".