Russian Federation beats Spain 4-3 in penalty shoot-out

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Putin called Russian Federation boss Stanislav Cherchesov before the hosts defeated the 2010 champions on penalties.

"The match. was a horror".

"We have been the better team and we leave with the feeling that we have been eliminated by an opponent who had not played at our level", Rubiales said.

The Croats look like serious contenders, while for Spain their elimination is a disaster-they had been considered among the favorites but had their preparations ruined when coach Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked on the eve of the tournament.

The Kremlin also said King Felipe congratulated Putin on the hosts' win, while also having time for "a short exchange of opinions about issues of further development of bilateral relations". "We just need a bit of luck", she said after the game.

The Barcelona-based Sport newspaper criticised Real Madrid, the Catalan club's bitter rivals, for "blowing apart the Roja's chances" by approaching Lopetegui when they did. Hierro declined to blame that decision for the country's early exit.

Iniesta retires from Spain after World Cup loss to Russian Federation
In four matches in his first World Cup appearance, David de Gea goes home having effected just one save in the entire tournament. Spanish midfielder Andreas Iniesta thanks the crowd after the game. "On a personal level, it's the end of a wonderful phase".

Andres Iniesta, 34, and Gerard Pique, 31 - who won the World Cup alongside Ramos in 2010 - have already confirmed that they are leaving the national setup following a third straight disappointment at an global tournament.

"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".

Spain have found great success with their Tiki-taka style of play over the last decade, but football moves on, teams become more adapt at working out a way to counteract systems and ultimately Spain got found out. A more conservative and likely choice could see Albert Celades make the jump from the under-21 side to the senior team and begin a complete overhaul of the national side. "Sometimes the endings are not how you dreamed them".

Iniesta isn't the only player who will announce his retirement from worldwide football.

"Spain built up so much absurdity during this tempestuous World Cup campaign that they ended up condemning themselves", it said.

"Honestly, before the tournament I had very low expectations, everyone was just hoping to God that we would get out of the group stage". "Today we had to endure, endure and endure everything, go through pain and cramps".