Spain's Andres Iniesta retires from global football following World Cup exit

SWC 2018

"It is more complicated than what it seems".

Hierro was rushed into the post after Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked for failing to tell his federation about his move to Real Madrid after the tournament, having already extended his contract to coach Spain.

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

"It's very hard", Ramos said.

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

The odds on England winning the World Cup for a second time were immediately cut from 6-1 to 5-1 after Russia's victory, making them third favourites behind France (7-2) and Brazil (4-1) with bookmaker William Hill. However he defended the team after they controlled the match before losing on penalties.

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

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It all looked to be going well for Fernando Heirro's men when Sergei Ignashevich deflected the ball into his own net inside 12 minutes, but a moment of madness from Gerard Pique gave Russian Federation the opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot.

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta called time on his remarkable worldwide career after his team's surprise World Cup exit at the hands of hosts Russian Federation on Sunday.

Spanish captain Sergio Ramos is comforted after their World Cup exit.

Now is, therefore, a good time to look back at the unbelievable contribution of four Spanish legends, who helped turn Spain from perennial underachievers to world conquerors. "On a personal level, it's the end of a wonderful phase".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the Russian national football team's chief coach, Stanislav Cherchesov, on the win in Sunday's World Cup Round of 16 match vs Spain.

"Honestly, before the tournament I had very low expectations, everyone was just hoping to God that we would get out of the group stage".

"Incredible. The last 10 minutes of the match I lost 10 years of my life but in the end, we are through to the quarterfinal".

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