Russian Federation shockingly eliminates Spain from World Cup in a shootout
Jul 02 2018
Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement from worldwide football, following La Roja's loss to Russian Federation in the round of 16.
Russia's goalkeeper, Igor Akinfeev, made an incredible save with his foot on Spain's final kick.
"This was my last game for Spain", Iniesta told reporters. A marvellous spell is over. "Sometimes, the end does not happen the way you dreamed it would, and is instead marked by the circumstances".
It was also the ninth time that Spain have failed to beat a host of a World Cup or European Championships.
Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.
Spain completed 1056 passes across the 120 minutes of play in their match against Russian Federation, and also managed 1013 touches of the ball in regulation time.
"Like all Spaniards, we had high hopes and dreams and we are sad that we couldn't do it for the millions of people who were following the game back home", he said.
As rain came down, each team made its first two kicks in the shootout, but Akinfeev dived right and with a two-handed punch stopped Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion.
Discussing his worldwide future in January, Pique said: "Yes, I will leave the national team after the World Cup".
Sergei Ignashevich scored La Roja's 99th goal in World Cup history with an untidy own goal as he wrestled with Sergio Ramos when attempting to defend a free-kick. "After all the criticism following the group stages, we have proven ourselves as a team again today. But there is a new generation, we have high-level players".
Gone from the World Cup tournament so far are No.1-ranked Germany, No.4 Portugal and No.5 Argentina. And then we drew Spain, I thought everything would end.
Spain, who parted ways with coach Julen Lopetegui just days before the tournament, joined England and Italy as the only teams to lose three shootouts at the World Cup, after they were also dumped out in the quarterfinals in 2002 to hosts South Korea and in 1986 to Belgium.