Cesc Fabregas "speechless" as Spain exit 2018 World Cup

Jul 02, 2018, 03:43
Cesc Fabregas

Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, announced his retirement after the match.

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.

The 34-year-old, who scored the winning goal at the 2010 World Cup final, won 133 caps in an worldwide career spanning 12 years, during which he also won European championship titles in 2008 and 2012.

Spain joined Argentina, Portugal and Germany among the big guns to have been eliminated from this World Cup, but Iniesta said he believed the future for the Spain team was bright. 'A marvellous spell is over.

Spain has now failed to win a knockout game at three major tournaments since it won the 2012 European championship, its third straight major title after the Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

Having long run out of steam and with several players cramping, Russian Federation was reduced to desperately defending in extra time as Spain were in charge.

"Let us say this openly, they are better than us in many ways, " he said.

Spain, who have never beaten a host at World Cups or Euros, went ahead after 12 minutes when 38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich bundled into Spain captain Sergio Ramos at the far post, knocking a free kick in with his heel for the 10th own goal of the tournament. "After all the criticism following the group stages, we have proven ourselves as a team again today".

"Some players will come, others will go, but we're always proud to represent this national team".

A Russian fan celebrates his team's win over Spain in the World Cup.

Akinfeev stopped kicks from Koke and Iago Aspas, while Russia's marksmen scored all four penalties they took. And then we drew Spain, I thought everything would end.

Sergio Ramos was emotionally drained after Spain's World Cup defeat to Russian Federation and left the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in tears just moments after delving into his book of underhand tricks again.

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