History maker Andres Iniesta confirms Spain retirement after Russian Federation defeat

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"We are going to look for the best for the national team and for the federation", Rubiales said. "Sometimes, the end does not happen the way you dreamed it would, and is instead marked by the circumstances". "It's a hard moment, one we have been through on various occasions - we weren't capable of going that little bit extra".

"We're having a fantastic World Cup".

"We were hoping for penalties", Akinfeev said.

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Now that Spain are out of the World Cup, one of Russia, England, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland or Colombia will be guaranteed to participate in the World Cup final.

Gerard Pique handled Artem Dzyuba's header and the Zenit St Petersburg forward sent David de Gea the wrong way for his third goal of the tournament. Sergio Ramos and Denis Cheryshev then converted, before Akinfeev's stop to deny Iago Aspas sent Russian Federation through and Spain home.

Speaking directly after the final whistle, Ramos said his team had given everything they could only to come out on the wrong end of the spot-kick "lottery".

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As their paths crossed, Ramos got close to the face of the Russian, who is fluent in Spanish, and said something sure to be unpleasant in a bid to steal his focus. He also noted that thanks to Chechresov the team has made the impossible making it to the playoffs. It was not to be.

He's won everything there is to win in the game and is expected to continue as captain for Spain's Euro 2020 campaign. A penalty was the only way they could cause us danger.

Backed by a vociferous home crowd, Russia's 3-5-2 that often collapsed into a impenetrable 5-4-1, never wavered, as Akinfeev stayed alert to keep out Rodrigo Moreno before his shoot-out heroics.

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De Gea started in goal, however, and while there was little he could do with the penalty that drew Russian Federation level shortly before half-time, his performance still received plenty of criticism. "We can not change anything now".

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