Iniesta retires from Spain after World Cup loss to Russian Federation

Iniesta retires from Spain after World Cup loss to Russian Federation

Although we admit it's a bit early to be talking about England in a World Cup final, it must be said that they will likely never have a better chance than they do now to reach that stage.

Sergio Ramos was the first Spanish player to talk to the media following Spain's elimination from the World Cup. In extra-time we did everything, again - kept the ball.

However, despite Kasper's performance, Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 to advance into the quarterfinals where they will face Russian Federation, who beat Spain in a penalty shootout earlier in the day.

Putin was unable to attend the game against Spain at Russia's flagship Luzhniki stadium in Moscow because of his busy schedule, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency, adding Putin watched the game remotely.

"We were hoping for penalties and that's what happened".

Hierro said that Spain did everything right but that "football is like that" after his side dominated the tie over 120 minutes only to go out on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

"I've not seen it again, but [a Russian Federation defender] was pulling me and stopped me getting to the ball", Ramos said.

Iniesta scored the World Cup-winning goal in extra time back in 2010, and also played an integral part in both the Euro-winning sides in 2008 and 2012.

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Spain's dominance will do nothing to ease the disappointment following what can now be judged as a truly farcical World Cup campaign.

With 35 minutes on the clock Spain had made 300 passes to the 63 of Russian Federation but had not mustered a single effort on target and led only through Sergei Ignashevich's comical own goal.

A young Russia fan holds the national flag at the Red Square in Moscow on July 1, 2018, after Russia won the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match against Spain.

"A wonderful period has come to an end".

"Incredible. The last 10 minutes of the match I lost 10 years of my life but in the end, we are through to the quarterfinal".

"It's reality that today has been my last match for the national team", he told reporters.

"This morning I was very nervous, but now it is time to celebrate".

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