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Andres Iniesta retires from global football after Spain exit

Andres Iniesta retires from global football after Spain exit”

Even the team's commitment was questioned after Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, who missed one of the penalties in the shootout, had said players didn't watch numerous World Cup games in part because they interfered with the siesta, Spain's traditional nap time.

His place in La Roja was assured in 2010 upon hitting the winning goal in the World Cup final against the Netherlands, while he also lifted European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012. "(Spain) played badly, and didn't think it out.by the time the penalty shootout started this was a broken team lacking the desire to confront a challenge which owes a lot to luck but also to courage", the paper said. In extra-time we did everything, again - kept the ball.

Asked whether Lopetegui would return as coach, Rubiales said a decision would be made in the next few weeks. "He went out as if it were his first game as a professional, helping his teammates".

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"We don't like this kind of structure but this is what we had to do with three defenders".

The Russians will be hoping to continue to benefit from the hosts' dividend to better the single semi-final appearance that the Soviet Union achieved in 1966.

Spain's World Cup plans were thrown into turmoil two days before their first match when coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked after it was revealed he had accepted a position to join Real Madrid after the tournament. "But I have no complaints against anybody", Hierro said. Referees and video officials have consistently penalized handballs in the box at this World Cup. I believe that my players have been victorious because they have adhered to my strategy.

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"We could not do more - we gave everything". "It's a hard moment, one we've experienced before but we weren't capable of that little bit extra".

Spain, one of the pre-tournament favourites, followed Germany and Argentina in making an early exit from the tournament.

Forward Artem Dzyuba buried it for his third goal of the tournament to awaken the subdued crowd. "This is not the end of a cycle, Pique and Iniesta are players who have been very important, but other people are coming up strongly from below".

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