Iniesta calls time on Spain after World Cup exit

Iniesta calls time on Spain after World Cup exit

Iniesta calls time on Spain after World Cup exit

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.

"This is a great victory for us, for the whole country, the soul of the country", Mikhail Sitner, 34, from Moscow, said.

Backed at a high of [30.0], England are now trading at just [7.0] to win the World Cup, and they are the only nation from the first four in the betting that are in their side of the draw.

But Schmeichel made a smart save to keep the 1-1 stalemate intact through two hours of at times pedestrian football.

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.

Ramos was involved early in pressuring Russia's Sergey Ignashevich into an own goal to give La Roja a ideal start, but the hosts equalised before the break when Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty awarded for a Gerard Pique handball.

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

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Iniesta, who struggled physically in recent years, converted Spain's first penalty in the shootout with what was his last ever shot at a World Cup.

Spain have been knocked out of this year's World Cup after a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat to host nation Russian Federation on Sunday afternoon.

Russian Federation pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history when they defeated Spain on PKs.

Iniesta scored the World Cup-winning goal in extra time back in 2010, and also played an integral part in both the Euro-winning sides in 2008 and 2012.

"It is a reality that is my last match with the national team, at the individual level a wonderful stage is over".

Spain had taken the lead when Marco Asensio's curling free-kick into the six-yard area hit the ankle of Sergei Ignashevich, who was marking Sergio Ramos, and flew into the net.

"Penalties are a lottery - and we lost today, but I am very proud of these players as captain".

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