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

SWC 2018

SWC 2018

But the way the draw has worked out, England have been presented with an wonderful chance to potentially reach their first World Cup final since 1966.

Russian Federation equalized before halftime when Spanish defender Gerard Pique gave away a penalty via a handball in the box. With every save the former Danish superstar erupted in wild celebrations, proud of his son's lightning reflexes and wit.

The Spanish playmaker came off the bench against Russia in the second half (67') and converted the first penalty for Spain before seeing his team losing 3-4 after heroic performance from Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev who save 2 penalties.

Eight years ago Iniesta scored the goal that gave Spain their first ever World Cup in South Africa.

His defensive partner Sergio Ramos, who plays for Barcelona's rivals Real Madrid, has always stood by the centre-back's inclusion in the Spain side.

"It's very hard", Ramos said, as per ESPN.

"I am speechless because I expected a different game today".

A young Russia fan holds the national flag at the Red Square in Moscow on July 1, 2018, after Russia won the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match against Spain.

Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive when it dominated the ball in the 90 minutes of regular time.

"It's a reality that this is my last game with the national team, on a wonderful stage", Iniesta, who scored the victor in Spain's World Cup final victory over Netherlands in 2010, said. He was also part of the team that won the 2012 European Championship.

Spanish midfielder Andreas Iniesta thanks the crowd after the game.

"Honestly, before the tournament I had very low expectations, everyone was just hoping to God that we would get out of the group stage". Sweden and Switzerland have both performed admirably at the World Cup but neither should strike fear into English hearts.

"I feel relief", the veteran noted regarding the future of Spain's national team.

"When I told people "I am going to Russia". they said "Oh, no, be careful" and stuff like that".

Russian fans are daring to dream their team could win the World Cup.

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