Spain and Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta announces global retirement after Russian Federation defeat

Fernando Hierro

Fernando Hierro

MOSCOW - Stanislav Cherchesov, the coach of Russia's national team, thought for only a moment about the question - How do you feel? - before staring straight ahead and answering. Spain's first corner of the match followed after 59 minutes, but Isco's cross was headed away by Dzubya.

Akinfeev saved two shots during the shootout, while all of his teammates scored to give Russian Federation a 4-3 advantage after a draw that was dominated by Spain in every way but the 1-1 score.

Many supporters still hold Ramos responsible for denying us the best of Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah at the World Cup after injuring the Liverpool forward in the Uefa Champions League final, and were quick to lay the boot in on the Spaniard on Twitter.

Spain captain Iniesta saw his final World Cup outing end in defeat as Russian Federation stunned them to make the quarter-finals of the competition. It was the fifth time in a row a World Cup host nation has won a penalty shootout, Federation Internationale de Football Association said. They will face the victor of the following Round of 16 tie between Croatia and Denmark.

Russian penalty kickers were flawless against Spain's struggling goalkeeper David De Gea. Lopetegui was axed by the Spanish federation with the team already in Russia after agreeing a deal to become the Real Madrid coach next season. "I accept the responsibility, I am the head coach".

Rodrigo almost won it five minutes later, when he beat his man with a dummy, sprinted into the box and fired a shot Akinfeev again did well to save.

His despair was therefore understandable when he missed a penalty three minutes from the end of extra-time that could have cost Croatia a place in the last eight.

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Spain reached the pinnacle of the sport on the back of a game built on relentless passing aligned with bottomless patience and faith that they would always, eventually, find a way through. Dzyuba stepped up with confidence and dispatched the spot kick beyond David de Gea for an unlikely equaliser.

Spain started positively and broke the deadlock as Sergei Ignashevich directed the ball into his own net in the 12th minute but the hosts found an equaliser just before half-time.

"We're insanely happy", Dzyuba said.

Rodrigo injected some pace and test Akinfeev towards the end of the first-half of extra-time but the Russians managed to hold on.

King Felipe VI of Spain was at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Modric didn't hide in the penalty shootout.

Spain came close to grabbing a victor five minutes from time as a low strike from Iniesta was pushed away by Akinfeev, with the follow up shot dribbling across the face of goal with nobody on hand to apply the finish touch.

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