Iniesta retires from Spain after World Cup loss to Russian Federation

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So often, he has rescued points for United by taking to the air and clawing away a goal-bound strike and he started the World Cup as Spain's undisputed No 1.

Just look at that draw! Guus Hiddink's side beat Italy (after extra time) and Spain (on penalties) en route to the last four, despite pre-tournament predictions that they may struggle to advance from a group containing Portugal, Poland and the United States.

Spain dominated the last-16 match but after centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted them the opening goal on 12 minutes, Russian Federation drew level when Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Gerard Pique shortly before half-time.

Moscow came alive after Russian Federation advanced to the quarter-finals this morning.

In four matches in his first World Cup appearance, David de Gea goes home having effected just one save in the entire tournament.

We were hoping for penalties.

Vladimir Putin called King Felipe VI of Spain after a FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match between the two national teams. 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.

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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.

Spanish midfielder Andreas Iniesta thanks the crowd after the game. "On a personal level, it's the end of a wonderful phase".

Following the loss Iniesta said to the reporters: "It's a reality that is my last game with the national team".

It is the biggest upset ever in the knockout stage and the third biggest upset overall in World Cup history.

"This is a great victory for us, for the whole country, the soul of the country", Mikhail Sitner, 34, from Moscow, said.

"Penalties are a lottery - and we lost today, but I am very proud of these players as captain".

"This morning I was very nervous, but now it is time to celebrate".

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