Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Andres Iniesta confirms Spain retirement

Andres Iniesta confirms Spain retirement

Spain captain Ramos, who said it was "very hard" to take his country's "painful" World Cup exit, did not address his own future plans but said he was sure his national side would be back competing for trophies at the next global tournaments.

"We were hoping for penalties", Akinfeev said.

The Kremlin said Putin was unable to attend the game but watched remotely - he has only attended the opening match so far - and Cherchesov said the president called before the game to wish him luck and again after it to congratulate him.

Mighty Spain dominated the field at Luzhniki Stadium, dulled the senses with mind-numbing ball movement around the perimeter of the penalty area Sunday.

The score remained 1-1 after extra time and Russian Federation went on to win 4-3 on penalties to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

Iniesta lost just 15 games with Spain, winning 96 and drawing 15, and scored 13 goals.

Spain legend Andres Iniesta confirmed his retirement from global football following his nation's round-of-16 elimination to Russian Federation.

Spain dominated the last-16 match but after centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted them the opening goal on 12 minutes, Russian Federation drew level when Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Gerard Pique shortly before half-time.

It was also the ninth time that Spain have failed to beat a host of a World Cup or European Championships. "Lopetegui's work. We went 23, 24 matches without having loss. but we didn't accept it how it is".

With 131 appearances, Iniesta was Spain's fourth-most-capped player, behind Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xavi Hernandez.

It would be wrong to blame David De Gea for Spain's elimination from the World Cup but what is true is that the goalkeeper has not produced the best four games of his life and statistics back this up.

"It is a reality that is my last match with the national team - at an individual level a wonderful stage is over". "A group that has a big ambition to triumph and that is why I am happy about everything".

"I was frustrated after the injury, but I've been doing a lot of work to make sure I'm back so I can make a contribution to the team", the Tottenham midfielder said.

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