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Igor Akinfeev saved two spot-kicks as hosts Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 in a dramatic penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals after their last-16 tie had ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the Russian national football team's chief coach, Stanislav Cherchesov, on the win in Sunday's World Cup Round of 16 match vs Spain. If their big players are all performing, then England will surely have too much for either side.

Following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of play, Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved Koke and Iago Aspas' penalties as Russian Federation emerged 4-3 winners in the shoot-out lottery.

Colombia, whose best finish was their run to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago, take on the English in the last round-of-16 match later the same night in Moscow.

The city had been gripped by World Cup fever since the beginning of the tournament, as fans arrived from across the globe including thousands from Latin America.

"We were hoping for penalties and that's what happened".

This will be the sixth World Cup match for the 43-year-old former math teacher from Beachwood, New Jersey, and the third at this tournament.

The last addition to the elite group of 12 nations who have contested World Cup finals was Spain when they won the title for the first time in 2010.

"A wonderful period has come to an end".

"It's reality that today has been my last match for the national team", he told reporters.

Tens of thousands of fans in the capital's Federation Internationale de Football Association fan fest crowded around several huge screens as they witnessed what many of them would have believed unthinkable before the match. "Whenever you are knocked out of a World Cup, it is very painful".

In addition to scoring the World Cup's winning goal in 2010, Iniesta had also been key for Spain when it won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with its tiki-taka style modeled on Barcelona's ball-possession game.


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