Russia celebrated its 4-3 penalties victory over Spain thanks to two saves by the team’s goalkeeper.
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Hosts Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties thanks to two saves by their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev Sunday to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals and send thousands of ecstatic Russians to the streets to celebrate.The 32-year-old 'keeper saved Koke's and Iago Aspas' spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in Russia's first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to set up a last eight clash with either Denmark or Croatia, after a lackluster 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.Russia also were toothless up front until Gerard Pique's handball gave them a chance to level with a penalty in the 41st minute.Despite 75 percent possession and more than 1,000 passes, Spain's famed tiki-taka got them nowhere and they had to wait until the 85th minute to test Akinfeev with a low drive from substitute Andres Iniesta.
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