Igor Akinfeev’s nine-save performance over 120 minutes took the next step in penalty kicks.
[ RECAP: Spain 1-1 (3-4 PKs) Russia ]
The Russian goalkeeper 32 stopped Isco’s third attempt and then made a terrific leg save on Iago Aspas‘ final effort as Russia knocked Spain out of the World Cup.
Here’s what he said on FOX’s broadcast, through an interpreter:
“I’m exhausted because you saw that practically for the whole second half and 30 extra minutes, we just defended and tried to get them away from our goal. We weren’t trying to hide it.”