Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement

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Spain have now played the hosts of a World Cup on five occasions, and failed to win a single game. "I'm proud and have nothing negative to say to the whole group that has been in Russia, Hierro and all his team, the players, the coaching staff, all those who have been here. Before we started winning titles, people said we have no identity".

Spain were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The home crowd greeted the arrival of extra time as if they had won the World Cup but Spain, seeing several of their rivals dropping to the floor with cramp and exhaustion, were no doubt confident that the hosts would eventually crack if they just kept rolling the ball from side to side.

"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".

Russian Federation is ranked 70th in the world, the lowest in the field, and Spain is 10th.

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.

The hosts have staged a fine tournament, full of smiles, solyanka and samovars - and a bit of vodka, too.

A rare attack saw Russian Federation find their way back level via Artem Dzyuba's 41st-minute penalty, after Gerard Pique's handball from a corner.

Defender Gerard Pique may also have played his final match with Spain. Pique wagged a finger at Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers, but the decision stood.

Legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel could not contain his emotions on seeing his son Kasper save three penalty shots in a tense game between Denmark and Croatia that went into the extra time and an eventual shootout. But while Spain finished with 75 percent possession, it scored no more goals. But, with a defence that has already seen David de Gea, Nacho and Sergio Ramos make silly individual errors leading to the concession of penalties and goals, there was always a chance they would slip up again.

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