Football players of the Russian national team in a series of penalty shootouts defeated the Spanish team and for the first time in history went to the 1 / 4 World Cup. Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, during the penalty shootout repulsed two 11-meter strike of the Spaniards, is recognized as the best player of the match.
In the penalty shootout the Russians turned out to be stronger - 4: 3.
Goalkeeper of the Russian national team Igor Akinfeev is recognized as the best player of the 1 / 8 match of the World Cup with the Spanish team. In the penalty shootout Akinfeev managed to repel two 11-meter hitting in the performance of the players of the Spanish national team Koke and Iago Aspas.
Akinfeev admitted that he does not consider himself the best player of the match. "The best player is the team, the fans," Tass quotes him.
"We wanted to attack more, but it will not work with the Spaniards. Thank God that everything turned out the way it happened, "he added.
Akinfeev also said that before the match against Spain, Russian football players hoped a series of penalties. "What is the sin to hide, we hoped for a penalty. And it happened, "he said.
The vice-premier of the government on culture, sports and tourism Olga Golodets admitted that it was difficult for her to imagine the victory of the Russian national team in the hardest match against Spain. "The guys did everything to achieve this success. Of course, the hero of the match Akinfeev, whether he is a hero to Russia? Absolutely, "said the Famine.
Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said that the day the Russian national football team left for the quarterfinals of the home world championship has already entered the history of Russian sports. "An unforgettable match! The game was complicated, so intense the passions, especially in extra time, "he said, noting that the fans believed in the victory of the national team. "The guys justified our hopes - deservedly won in the penalty shootout", - said Kolobkov
"Thanks to the team for this holiday! For a historic holiday! "- added the Minister of Sport.
Residents and guests of Moscow took to the streets to rejoice at the victory of their native team. Fans who watched a long and stubborn game in bars, restaurants, cafes and on the streets rejoice and chant "Russia!".
Around the passing cars are shouting jubilant. In the center of the city is the atmosphere of the holiday, shouts are heard, music plays loudly, people are smiling at each other, RIA Novosti reports.
President Vladimir Putin phoned the Spanish King Philip VI after the World Cup match between the national teams of the two countries. In conversation, the Russian leader paid tribute to the skill and the highest class of the Spanish team. In addition, twice on Sunday, Putin called Cherchesova - first to give a farewell, and then - to congratulate on the victory.
Recall that the national teams of Russia and Spain did not reveal the winner in extra time 1 / 8 finals of the World Cup, 120 minutes of the game ended with the account 1: 1. At 12-th minute the leaders were beaten by the leaders - an own goal scored by Sergei Ignashevich. Then the Russians equalized the score from the penalty spot - Artyom Dzyuba distinguished himself.
The match at the Moscow stadium "Luzhniki" was held at a full house, the 78 thousand 11 people watched the game at the stadium.
Users of social networks, including politicians, met the victory of the Russian national team with glee.
The quarterfinal with the participation of our team will be held on 7 July at the Sochi stadium "Fisht".