Russia beat Spain on penalties in the round of 16 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Monday morning, with Akinfeev saving Koke's and Iago Aspas’s spot-kicks during the shootout.

"We're proud of our national football team's achievements. Their victory has excited the whole country and united the hearts of millions of people," said the zoo's CEO.

"The Moscow Zoo could not stand aloof from such a big event, so we decided to name a steppe eagle nestling, who hatched just over a month ago, after Igor Akinfeev."

The nestling's nameplate will be installed after the World Cup is over, while visitors will be able to see the bird in a few weeks when it gets stronger and starts to get out of the nest.

The Moscow mayor's office added that a steppe eagle is a fast and strong bird, who is known for its swift reaction and sharp sight.