Russian Federation stun Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Russian Federation stun Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

This was their first penalty shootout in World Cups, while for Spain this was their fourth. With every save the former Danish superstar erupted in wild celebrations, proud of his son's lightning reflexes and wit.

Eight years ago Iniesta scored the goal that gave Spain their first ever World Cup in South Africa.

Midway through the month-long tournament, no major racist incidents have been reported among players and fans despite concerns in the run-up that the World Cup could be tarnished by racism. Spain took a 12th-minute lead when veteran Russian Federation defender Sergei Ignashevich put into his own net, but Artem Dzyuba equalised by scoring a penalty for the hosts in the 42nd minute after Gerard Piqué handled in the area. "Whenever you are knocked out of a World Cup, it is very painful".

Cesc Fabregas was left "speechless" as Spain exited the 2018 World Cup to hosts Russian Federation on Sunday afternoon.

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

The Spanish stopper is clearly not accustomed to criticism since recovering admirably from a shaky start to life at United but supporters tore into his distribution during Spain's final World Cup game.

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Spanish midfielder Andreas Iniesta thanks the crowd after the game.

"A wonderful period has come to an end".

Huge men with painted faces held each other in bear hugs and cried tears of disbelief and joy, while others screamed the rallying cries of "Russya" and "Igor, Igor Akinfeev". "We left our pride and soul out there".

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

"I want to extend my honest thanks to an exemplary professional", he said.

"I feel relief", the veteran noted regarding the future of Spain's national team.

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