Andres Iniesta announces his worldwide retirement

02 July, 2018, 03:41 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
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Spain dominated possession but were unable to make it count and were punished when Russian Federation were awarded a penalty. The Spaniards would pass a team into confusion and then strike.

"The main culprits in football are the players that are the ones on the field".

Iniesta said he had no complaints about being left on the bench by coach Fernando Hierro, before being brought on during the second half.

Spain made 1,137 passes and completed 1,029, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association. "Before we started winning titles, people said we have no identity".

But the way the draw has worked out, England have been presented with an wonderful chance to potentially reach their first World Cup final since 1966.

Spain led in the 12th minute when Ramos helped force Russia's Sergei Ignashevich into an own goal when his back was turned to the play. Asked why, he thought back to the 2008 European Championship, where Russian Federation lost to Spain 4-1 in its opener and 3-0 in the semifinals.

"It would be an advantage to say that Lopetegui's thing has to do with the result, in the end those of us who have the ball are the players", he continued. Spain are now ranked No.10.

FoxRussia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made a save with his foot to beat Spain on PKs.

The hosts have staged a fine tournament, full of smiles, solyanka and samovars - and a bit of vodka, too.

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Iago Aspas became the last player to be added to that list after his ingenious backheel against Morocco, however his tournament will be forever remembered for the decisive penalty miss against the hosts. Artem Dzyuba made no mistake to bring the hosts level. Pique wagged a finger at Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers, but the decision stood.

King Felipe VI of Spain was at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. But while Spain finished with 75 percent possession, it scored no more goals.

"When Luka Modric had his penalty saved with five minutes remaining the crowd got behind him chanting his name, the atmosphere was so good", another stated.

A comprehensive defeat to Uruguay provided a reality check but Russian Federation and midfielder Denis Cheryshev will be roared on by much of the 80,000-crowd in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and they see no reason to fear Andres Iniesta, Isco and Diego Costa.

It is the biggest upset ever in the knockout stage and the third biggest upset overall in World Cup history.

He has been tactically astute, switching from a fluid attacking system to the rigid, defensive line-up with three at the back that thwarted Spain.

"We could not do more - we gave everything". Hernandez is 38 and left the national team after Spain's first-round elimination in 2014.

Iniesta, 34, had said in May that he was likely to step aside from La Roja after the tournament, although he later said he couldn't rule out a return. "It is more complicated than what it seems". The team did everything possible to try and prove ourselves again.

An error in Spain's defense let Russian Federation level in the 41st, after Gerard Pique's raised arm blocked a header by Artyom Dzyuba at a corner. "We need our personality".

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