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Watch Cosmonauts Cheer for Russia's 2018 World Cup Win Over Spain

It's official: Russia's stunning victory over Spain in a 2018 World Cup match Sunday (July 1) is out of this world. 

While Russians (and fans of Team Russia) around the world celebrated the country's stunning upset over Spain, two cosmonauts in space cheered for their home team from off the planet. And they looked the part, too. 

Clad in "Team Russia" shirts, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev watched the big game on a laptop screen from inside the station's Russian-built Zvezda module, celebrating as Russia beat Spain 4-3 in a penalty-kick shootout after the score was locked at 1-1. In a video shared by Artemyev, the cosmonauts cheer for Russia's soccer team, pumping their fists in the air and forming victory signs with their hands. [Russia's Space Traditions! 14 Things Every Cosmonaut Does for Launch]

"Team #Russia have defeated Spain on penalties to make it to the #FIFA2018 World Cup quarterfinals," Artemyev wrote on Twitter to celebrate. A soccer ball is visible just above the laptop the cosmonauts are watching.

It's a special moment for the cosmonauts for sure. After all, Russia is hosting the 2018 World Cup. Artemyev and another cosmonaut (Anton Shkaplerov, who returned to Earth last month) even played soccer in space to celebrate the event. Shkaplerov also brought a special soccer ball home from space last month so it could be presented to FIFA officials during the 2018 World Cup opening ceremonies

Russia now goes on to the quarterfinals and will face off against Croatia on Saturday (July 7). That game, you can be sure, will be watched in space by two die-hard Team Russia fans.

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Tariq Malik

SPACE.COM EDITOR IN CHIEF — Tariq joined the Space.com team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, covering human spaceflight, exploration and space science. He became Space.com's Managing Editor in 2009. Before joining Space.com, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Google+, Twitter and on Facebook.

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