Andres Iniesta confirms retirement from Spain squad after World Cup exit

Russia players pose for a team group

Russia players pose for a team group

Argentina and Portugal's eliminations from the World Cup on Saturday has led to much talk over the worldwide futures of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

We were hoping for penalties.

The match ended 1-1 following extra-time and Russian Federation won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after Iago Aspas' effort was saved by Igor Akinfeev.

The Kremlin said Putin was unable to attend the game but watched remotely - he has only attended the opening match so far - and Cherchesov said the president called before the game to wish him luck and again after it to congratulate him.

Spain dominated the match in terms of possession and territorial domination but posed very little threat to the host nation.

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. A penalty was the only way they could cause us danger. They have lost eight of those games, including four at World Cups, the last to South Korea in 2002 - also on penalties.

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Andres Iniesta has retired from global football following Spain's World Cup elimination by Russian Federation on penalties.

His defensive partner Sergio Ramos, who plays for Barcelona's rivals Real Madrid, has always stood by the centre-back's inclusion in the Spain side.

Now is, therefore, a good time to look back at the incredible contribution of four Spanish legends, who helped turn Spain from perennial underachievers to world conquerors.

With 35 minutes on the clock Spain had made 300 passes to the 63 of Russian Federation but had not mustered a single effort on target and led only through Sergei Ignashevich's comical own goal.

It was a pity that the last match of Andres Iniesta, who later confirmed his global retirement, in the end became little more than a footnote. "He went out as if it were his first game as a professional, helping his team mates". "On a personal level, it's the end of a wonderful phase". "A group that has a big ambition to triumph and that is why I am happy about everything". "I'm sure all of Spain are proud of us".

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