Iago Aspas then saw his effort from 12 yards saved by the brilliant Igor Akinfeev as Russian Federation progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
The former Barcelona midfielder has since announced his decision to retire from global football. 'A marvellous spell is over. "Sometimes, the end does not happen the way you dreamed it would, and is instead marked by the circumstances".
I think Spain is a much better side than Russian Federation.
Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.
"This is a great victory for us, for the whole country, the soul of the country", Mikhail Sitner, 34, from Moscow, said.
This World Cup has sprung some major shocks and we can definitely expect a few more along the way over the next two weeks.
"Honestly, before the tournament I had very low expectations, everyone was just hoping to God that we would get out of the group stage".
He was named "Man of the Match" in both the World Cup and European Champions final two years later, reaffirming to the world how important he was to Spain's successes.
"Some players will come, others will go, but we're always proud to represent this national team".
Russian Federation pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history when they defeated Spain on PKs.
Among the favourites for the trophy heading into the tournament, Spain joined the likes of Germany, Portugal and Argentina in making an early exit when Igor Akinfeev kept out Iago Aspas' penalty in Moscow. Referees and video officials have consistently penalized handballs in the box at this World Cup.
"Incredible. The last 10 minutes of the match I lost 10 years of my life but in the end, we are through to the quarterfinal".