"Immediately after the game, Putin called Cherchesov again and congratulated the entire team on the impressing win and the coach, saying that his tactics have finally yielded the result", the press secretary noted.
In four matches in his first World Cup appearance, David de Gea goes home having effected just one save in the entire tournament.
Both Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales and coach Fernando Hierro said they had no regrets about the last-minute coaching change that preceded their World Cup despite their second-round exit at the hands of hosts Russia on Sunday.
"In the second half, we were trying to defend", Akinfeev said after Russian Federation won 4-3 on penalties when the match ended at 1-all. "So I don't believe that we should risk going forward".
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Spain dominated the last-16 match but after centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted them the opening goal on 12 minutes, Russian Federation drew level when Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Gerard Pique shortly before half-time.
The hosts have staged a fine tournament, full of smiles, solyanka and samovars - and a bit of vodka, too.
And Pique handled at the other end to concede a penalty before the break.
Defender Gerard Pique may also have played his final match with Spain. Against Russia, Igor Akinfeev starred in the shootout while he failed to save at least two spot-kicks he might have kept out. But while Spain finished with 75 percent possession, it scored no more goals. "It is necessary to announce a series of rallies demanding to give the Akinfeev hero of Russian Federation".
And they wasted no time in getting the party started with a DJ playing dance music with thumping bass which shook the floor of the 40,000 capacity fan zone in Vorobyovy Gory, overlooking the Luzhniki Stadium where their heroes pulled off one of the biggest World Cup upsets in recent history.