Igor Akinfeev - The Russian whom Spain will remember for long

Russia sensationally knocked Spain out of the FIFA World Cup on Sunday and the man responsible for keeping Spain at bay was 32-year-old goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

After a mediocre outing in the 2014 World Cup, captain Akinfeev stepped up to the moment and has successfully led his side into the last-eight of the 2018 World Cup, the nation's best ever performance at the quadrennial event.   -  Getty Images

Host Russia sensationally dumped Spain out of the FIFA World Cup by clinching their round-of-16 tie via a penalty shootout on Sunday. And the man responsible for denying Spain was the 32-year-old goalkeeper, Igor Akinfeev.

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Akinfeev was at his best on the evening and made two stunning saves to deny Koke and Iago Aspas in the penalty shootout to steer his team to the quarterfinal.

Akinfeev began his club career with Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow in 2003 and has remained with the side since, becoming one of the most decorated players of the club. He has made over 500 appearances in 15 years and has won many an accolade, including six Russian Premier League titles, six Russian Cups, as well as the UEFA Cup in 2005.

 

The custodian made his debut for the national team aged 18 years and 20 days, making him the third youngest player to play for Russia. On November 14 2015, he broke his clean sheet record with his 233rd career shutout in Russia's 1-0 win over Portugal.

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After a mediocre outing in the 2014 World Cup, captain Akinfeev stepped up to the moment and has successfully led his side into the last-eight of the 2018 World Cup, the nation's best ever performance at the quadrennial event.

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