Russia beat Spain on penalties at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, with Akinfeev saving Koke's and Iago Aspas’s spot-kicks to help the host nation reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

"We did not practice penalties. We were 100% hoping to win in normal time," Akinfeev told journalists.

Russia will next play Croatia in the quarter-finals in Sochi on Sunday morning (AEST).