Spain's Andres Iniesta retires from global football following World Cup exit

The 34-year-old confirmed his decision after La Roja's last-16 loss to Russia in Moscow

The 34-year-old confirmed his decision after La Roja's last-16 loss to Russia in Moscow

Sometimes the end is not as you dreamed it.

However, Iniesta did accept coach Fernando Hierro's decision to leave him out of the starting XI.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said after Russian Federation knocked the 2010 champions out on penalties in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium that Putin - who watched the game on TV - had not put any pressure on the team to win.

He was unable to inspire Spain to victory however as they were beaten 4-3 on penalties by the World Cup hosts.

With Germany, Argentina and Portugal already out of the tournament, Spain would face fancied their chances of lifting their second World Cup.

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From 1950 to 1978 there was something of a goal drought for Spain at the biggest global tournament with only two coming in 1962 in Chile and four in England's tournament held in 1966.

"Like the entire country, Putin watched the game from the very beginning to the very end and supported the team", Peskov said. Sweden and Switzerland have both performed admirably at the World Cup but neither should strike fear into English hearts. He also noted that thanks to Chechresov the team has made the impossible making it to the playoffs.

"We could not do more - we gave everything". "We haven't seen any danger from the Spanish team". In extra-time we did everything, again - kept the ball.

"I am speechless because I expected a different game today". Spain took a 12th-minute lead when veteran Russian Federation defender Sergei Ignashevich put into his own net, but Artem Dzyuba equalised by scoring a penalty for the hosts in the 42nd minute after Gerard Piqué handled in the area. "We can not change anything now".

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