Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Iniesta calls time on Spain after World Cup exit

Iniesta calls time on Spain after World Cup exit

However he defended the team after they controlled the match before losing on penalties. Crowds at home went especially insane after Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic nailed his penalty shot into the left corner off his right foot, securing his nation's place in the final eight.

However, the Croatia captain returned to bravely take one of the post-match kicks as goalkeeper Danijel Subasic save three of Denmark's efforts to set up a quarter-final meeting with Russian Federation on Saturday.

Croatia has never reached the World Cup final so just imagine what the party scene would be like if that happened. But, with a defence that has already seen David de Gea, Nacho and Sergio Ramos make silly individual errors leading to the concession of penalties and goals, there was always a chance they would slip up again. Misses from Koke and Iago Aspas during the shootout allowed Russian Federation to clinch a 4-3 victory and progress to Saturday's quarterfinal in Sochi against Croatia.

It was also the ninth time that Spain have failed to beat a host of a World Cup or European Championships.

"Today there is pain, as we have been eliminated", Rubiales said.

Ramos had a role in Spain's opening goal as Sergei Ignashevich converted into his own net trying to mark the Spaniard.

And they wasted no time in getting the party started with a DJ playing dance music with thumping bass which shook the floor of the 40,000 capacity fan zone in Vorobyovy Gory, overlooking the Luzhniki Stadium where their heroes pulled off one of the biggest World Cup upsets in recent history.

Spain has gone three straight major tournaments without a title. "But there is a new generation, we have high-level players". "Now we're in 2018, and many things have changed".

Tick-tock, the time may be up for tiki taka. Iniesta, 34, said this defeat was his finale.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russian Federation. "The national team will push ahead because it still has players of quality and that's what they need to try".

Pique has been a controversial figure in the Spain set-up in recent years. Spain's identity is recognisable, " Hierro said.

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