Penaltykiller Akinfeev stops as international

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Igor Akinfeev around the penalty from Koke.

So stopped Akinfeev two penalties in the quarter-final against Spain. The world cup ended for Russia in the quarterfinals, also via a penalty, against Croatia. Akinfejev stopped one penalty, but that was not enough for the last four to reach.

,,It was a huge honour to be captain of Russia on ‘our’ world CHAMPIONSHIPS. I had not even dare to dream of. It happened anyway and was the highlight of my career,” said the goalkeeper on Monday. ,,We have no medal, but the tournament was a great success. After fifteen years for my country to have played, it is time to make place for the youth and me to focus on my club.”

Akinfejev came to 111 international matches and also participated in two world cup’s and three european CHAMPIONSHIPS. Since 2003 he has been the regular goalkeeper of CSKA Moscow, which Akinfejev six times champion and in 2005 won the UEFA Cup.

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