Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement

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Spain captain Ramos, who said it was "very hard" to take his country's "painful" World Cup exit, did not address his own future plans but said he was sure his national side would be back competing for trophies at the next global tournaments.

"It would be an advantage to say that Lopetegui's thing has to do with the result, in the end those of us who have the ball are the players", he continued.

Now that Spain are out of the World Cup, one of Russia, England, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland or Colombia will be guaranteed to participate in the World Cup final.

Russian Federation and Spain finished extra time with the score at 1-1.

Ramos was involved early in pressuring Russia's Sergey Ignashevich into an own goal to give La Roja a flawless start, but the hosts equalised before the break when Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty awarded for a Gerard Pique handball.

Before Russia, South Korea were the last World Cup hosts to send Spain packing, following a 5-3 shootout victory in 2002.

"We were hoping for penalties and that's what happened". Against Russia, Igor Akinfeev starred in the shootout while he failed to save at least two spot-kicks he might have kept out.

"He said that under Cherchesov's leadership, our guys have already accomplished the impossible - made it out of the group", said Peskov.

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It was the classic "tiki-taka" style that led to a World Cup title in 2010, bookended by a pair of European Championships.

Spanish captain Sergio Ramos is comforted after their World Cup exit.

True enough, Gerard Pique was the latest to experience a brain fade when he inexplicably raised his left arm to block Artem Dzyuba's 38th-minute header from Alexander Samedov's corner.

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

Spain, which was a favorite to win the tournament, came out strong with a goal off Russia's Sergei Ignashevish's foot, but then evened the match with a goal of his own.

Russian Federation pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history when they defeated Spain on PKs.

President Vladimir Putin told Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov that nobody was going to judge his team if they lost to Spain in the World Cup last 16 on Sunday - a match they improbably won. "I'm sure all of Spain are proud of us".

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