Moscow: Akinfeev saves Iago Aspas penalty as Russia win the penalty shootout 4-3 to enter quarter-finals.
Russian eliminated Spain on penalties, 4-3, after a 1-1 tie, when goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev used his trailing left foot to kick away Iago Aspas’s fifth attempt for Spain.
The Russians were dominated on the field for 120 minutes, but a penalty kick by Artem Dzyuba before halftime and a gritty, disciplined defensive effort achieved what many had considered unthinkable.
Cherchesov and Russia have several heroes to choose from now. They can start on Saturday in Sochi, where they will play the Croatia-Denmark winner in the quarterfinals.