'That's Life' Says Andres Iniesta After Spain Farewell Ends In Defeat

David Silva

David Silva

Discussing his global future in January, Pique said: "Yes, I will leave the national team after the World Cup".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, after Russian Federation knocked the 2010 champions out on penalties in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, that Putin - who watched the game on TV - had not put any pressure on the team to win.

"We're having a fantastic World Cup".

Goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev saved two spot kicks, as Russian Federation came out on top 4-3 in the penalty shootout.

"It's very hard", Ramos said, as per ESPN.

A 4-3 victory on penalties, after the sides were locked at 1-1 at the end of extra time, sends the hosts through to their first World Cup quarter-final since 1970.

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

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Spain became the first team since at least 1966 to make over 1,000 passes in a World Cup game, but created very few clear chances over the 120 minutes.

Today's dramatic penalty shootout victory for tournament hosts Russian Federation over Spain has paved the way for one of the most open sides of the draw in recent World Cup memory.

Spain, which was a favorite to win the tournament, came out strong with a goal off Russia's Sergei Ignashevish's foot, but then evened the match with a goal of his own.

In addition to scoring the World Cup's winning goal in 2010, Iniesta had also been key for Spain when it won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with its tiki-taka style modeled on Barcelona's ball-possession game. However he defended the team after they controlled the match before losing on penalties.

Despite his frequent fall outs with Sergio Ramos, the pair formed a truly unbelievable partnership and were impenetrable at their best, as Spain went about conquering Europe and the world.

True enough, Gerard Pique was the latest to experience a brain fade when he inexplicably raised his left arm to block Artem Dzyuba's 38th-minute header from Alexander Samedov's corner. "On a personal level, it's the end of a wonderful phase". "I'm sure all of Spain are proud of us".

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