FPJ's dream XI predictions for Spain vs Russian Federation

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Hosts Russia reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Sunday when they beat Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

After the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes, Akinfeev made two saves in the shootout, including a sensational stop with his trailing boot to deny Iago Aspas and seal Russia's spot in the quarterfinals. They took the lead on 12 minutes through an own goal from Sergei Ignashevich, but Russian Federation equalized from an Artem Dzyuba penalty and kept the Spaniards at bay for the remainder of the game and extra time.

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. "Sometimes the endings are not how you dreamed them".

The 34-year-old was a vital cog in the Spanish machine as they dominated world football across a period of six years, winning two European Championships and securing a World Cup triumph in 2010. Spain's first corner of the match followed after 59 minutes, but Isco's cross was headed away by Dzubya. "We were hoping for penalties and that's what happened, thank God", Akinfeev said.

Akinfeev's foot kept Russia's party going Sunday night, ended the worldwide career of one of Spain's biggest stars and sealed the biggest upset of the tournament and one of the greatest in World Cup history.

With Spain taking first, the shootout was poised at 2-2 when Akinfeev dived to his right to push away the kick by Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion.

The second half was an even more exaggerated version of the first.

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Spain, the 2010 world champions, controlled the game with their slick passing but did little more, failing to create another scoring chance in the first half.

Having long run out of steam and with several players cramping, Russian Federation were reduced to desperately defending in extra time as Spain, who played more than four times the number of passes their opponents did, still struggled to create clear chances.

Besides the penalty kicks in the shootout, there were only a total of seven shots on target at his goal through the tournament, and he conceded goals to six of them, including three to Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I think we chose the right tactics", Cherchesov told reporters as Russian Federation now contemplate a first World Cup quarterfinal since 1970.

With Germany, Argentina and Portugal already out of the tournament, Spain would face fancied their chances of lifting their second World Cup.

Four years ago in Brazil, Geiger took charge of Chile's 2-0 win over Spain and Colombia's 3-0 victory against Greece in the group stage, and France's 2-0 win over Nigeria in the round of 16.

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