Three things we learned today at the World Cup

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Akinfeev saved two shots during the shootout, while all of his teammates scored to give Russian Federation a 4-3 advantage after a draw that was dominated by Spain in every way but the 1-1 score.

Spain have been knocked out of this year's World Cup after a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat to host nation Russian Federation on Sunday afternoon.

Early flickers from Spain came through Isco's measured passing, but when their opening goal arrived after 11 minutes it came from a set piece. They had, however, out-passed the home side 845 to 224.

Spain are toppled, and the hosts march on.

Isco nearly freed Jordi Alba down the right only to overhit the pass, before Mario Fernandes and Aleksandr Samedov embarked on a promising combination before the move fizzled out.

And from it, they won a penalty when Dzubya leapt to win the ball and it hit Pique's raised hand - and after a moment's hesitation, the referee pointed to the spot and booked the defender.

Andres Iniesta, Thiago Alcantara and Dani Carvajal have been dropped to the bench for Spain's World Cup last 16 knockout clash with Russian Federation. Spain, apparently, come into the match favourites but Russian Federation will have the backing of the capacity crowd as they look to move forward in the tournament.

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"Andres Iniesta, his last game probably, for Barcelona, for Spain, now going to Japan".

With five minutes to go they were agonisingly close to a victor as Iniesta latched on to a clever touch from Aspas and his low strike from the edge of the area hit the post. Instead, this side of the bracket is now wide open.

"I believe that it's only the beginning so I have to save my emotions for the future", said Cherchesov, who at times gestured towards the crowd to lift the noise levels."Today we found the right place at the right time and we achieved the maximum we could".

"Spain have some great players and might even be the best team in the world, in any case they're close to being the best".

Instead, Spain seemed entirely incapable on increasing the pace as, minute by minute, home hopes grew from a long-shot dream, through a gradual realisation that their highly-ranked rivals were not actually that risky, to eventual delirious celebration. Pique headed a chance into Akinfeev's arms with the last action of the first half of extra time.

The hosts stuck to what you might call a "stubborn" game plan against the 2010 champions, packing their defensive and watched on from a distance as Spain amassed thousands of completed passes in the middle third - patient, attritional and superior in their minds; completely ineffective in reality.