History maker Andres Iniesta confirms Spain retirement after Russian Federation defeat

Posted July 02, 2018

The odds on England winning the World Cup for a second time were immediately cut from 6-1 to 5-1 after Russia's victory, making them third favourites behind France (7-2) and Brazil (4-1) with bookmaker William Hill.

Spain had taken the lead when Marco Asensio's curling free-kick into the six-yard area hit the ankle of Sergei Ignashevich, who was marking Sergio Ramos, and flew into the net. "The president commended the skills and high expertise of the Spanish team, noting however that this time the tactic opted for by Russian coaches has proved to be the only right one", Peskov told journalists.

"What started badly, ended badly", wrote Marca.

A kick across the Danish defence was firmly hit away by Henrik Dalsgaard but straight into the face of team mate Andreas Christensen, creating a pinball effect that saw the ball fall for Mandzukic, who then expertly turned it into the net from close range.

Rubiales was quick to make clear he felt no remorse for sacking Lopetegui, who was clumsy in the way he handled his pending move to Real Madrid, but seemingly dismissed because of hurt, personal pride.

"We will party all night", said of the thousands of fans which gather on Zagreb's main square to watch the match. "Right now, we are only anxious but we don't know how serious the injury really is". "You can not later look in hindsight because of a result on the pitch".

Rubiales said he believed Spain had lost to an inferior team.

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Spain's number one made a bad mistake to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to score from the edge of the box in a 3-3 draw with Portugal to start the group stage.

But defensive errors and tactical rigidity soon came to the fore as poor displays followed against Iran, Morocco and Russian Federation.

Pique has been a controversial figure in the Spain set-up in recent years.

Legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel could not contain his emotions on seeing his son Kasper save three penalty shots in a tense game between Denmark and Croatia that went into the extra time and an eventual shootout.

By the end, De Gea had made only one save all tournament. Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion and Iago Aspas eventually missed their shots and Russian Federation prevailed.

Rubiales sidestepped questions about who will be the coach long-term but Hierro is surely unlikely to continue.

"This is the fruit of two years of work". "Whenever you are knocked out of a World Cup, it is very painful".