Russians celebrate after victory over Spain

Russians celebrate in the streets in Moscow as the World Cup hosts beat Spain on penalties to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (Reuters) – Fans in Russia took to the streets of Moscow in full force to celebrate the host nation’s World Cup victory over Spain on Sunday (01 July).

Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties thanks to two saves by their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Fans were elated and said the win was unreal.

The host nation had already defied expectations by reaching the World Cup last 16 for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but after victory over Spain, fans now believe the tournament’s lowest-ranked team could go all the way.

Russia now advance to the World Cup quarter-finals where they will face Croatia.

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