Spain vs Russia: Russian keeper thanks God for luck against Spain

039;We will not play against 11 men but thousands of fans': Spain's Rodrigo on Russia clash

A 4-3 victory on penalties, after the sides were locked at 1-1 at the end of extra time, sends the hosts through to their first World Cup quarter-final since 1970.

Once Spain took the lead in the 11th minute, however, Sergei Ignashevich turning a Marco Asensio free-kick into his own net under heavy pressure from Sergio Ramos, it was hard to see a way back into the game for the hosts.

Dzyuba, unable to contain his delight after keeping his nerve to plant an equalising penalty past David de Gea after Gerard Pique's handball, said he found stepping up to take the penalty intimidating but that the heavens had been on his side.

"It's the coach who makes the decisions", Iniesta said. The old days of tiki-taka's preeminence delivered a performance in which the first shot on target from a Spanish player - Sergey Ignashevich's 11th-minute own goal came off the back of his leg - came on 45 minutes.

The 34-year-old, who scored the winning goal at the 2010 World Cup final, won 133 caps in an worldwide career spanning 12 years, during which he also won European championship titles in 2008 and 2012.

Spain completed 1056 passes across the 120 minutes of play in their match against Russian Federation, and also managed 1013 touches of the ball in regulation time.

Russia's 2018 World Cup campaign got off to a dream start on day one and and still going strong.

The World Cup's lowest-ranked team - 70th when the tournament began - now advances to a quarterfinal against Croatia or Denmark in Sochi on Saturday.

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Putin called Russian Federation boss Stanislav Cherchesov before the hosts defeated the 2010 champions on penalties.

But the Spaniards just seem to revert to their pre-2008 frustrating selves - full of ability but no end product as they kept up a freaky record of nine losses to World Cup and European Championship hosts since 1934.

The hosts kept Spain at bay as the clash neared the end of normal time but substitute Andres Iniesta came close to scoring with a speculative shot from close-range. Asked why, he thought back to the 2008 European Championship, where Russian Federation lost to Spain 4-1 in its opener and 3-0 in the semifinals.

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The Russia goalkeeper was again involved early in the second half, flying to his left to pluck a spinning Jordi Alba effort from the air.

Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive for 90 minutes.

Spain joined fellow heavyweights Germany and Argentina in making a premature exit, raising questions as to the wisdom of sacking Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition. Andres Iniesta, on for Silva for the final half hour, forced a good save from Igor Akinfeev late on, but Russian Federation looked mostly comfortable as the match went to extra time. That was his last significant action as Spain's final throw of the dice saw Asensio replaced by Rodrigo.

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